U.S Cities by African-American Population

Name the American cities that have the highest Black or African-American population.
Source: American Community Survey, 2021
Including multiracial people who are partly black
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Last updated: October 4, 2022
First submittedNovember 28, 2011
Times taken68,697
Average score75.0%
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City
%
2,240,000
New York City
26.5
817,000
Chicago
30.3
678,000
Philadelphia
43.0
553,000
Houston
24.2
504,000
Detroit
79.7
411,000
Memphis
65.4
385,000
Los Angeles
10.0
364,000
Baltimore
63.2
333,000
Dallas
25.8
328,000
Charlotte
37.3
315,000
Washington D.C.
47.1
313,000
Jacksonville
32.8
294,000
Columbus
32.4
278,000
Indianapolis
31.5
238,000
Milwaukee
41.8
235,000
Atlanta
47.3
225,000
New Orleans
59.6
214,000
Fort Worth
22.7
195,000
Nashville
28.7
194,000
Cleveland
52.6
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Level ∞
Jun 4, 2016
To make the quiz easier, I updated the quiz to use absolute numbers instead of percentages.
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Level 71
Jun 9, 2016
Good idea, but can you list them ranked by percentage instead of total numbers, which is more telling of the demography. Thanks!
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Level 84
Nov 20, 2016
I think it was probably more interesting as a percentage.
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Level ∞
May 28, 2019
But no one would guess East Orange, Lauderhill, or Miami Gardens.
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Level 86
Jun 30, 2019
I agree, percentage would be more telling. Maybe you could use percentage, but limit it to cities over...say...250k people?
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Level 55
Feb 18, 2021
maybe you could make a separate quiz with the percentages?
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2016
Got all right with 1 second to go!
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Level 77
Apr 19, 2017
Only missed Atlanta because I thought I'd already typed it in. I hate it when I do that.
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Level 50
Jan 5, 2021
Or when I spell something wrong so permanently discard it from my mind even though it would be correct if I knew how to spell
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2016
How do they actually define "black"?
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Level 86
Nov 20, 2016
The source is the 2010 US Census, so it counts people who self-identify as "Black or African American."
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Level 87
Jun 26, 2019
Anyone who calls himself black is legally black I guess.
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Level 84
Sep 21, 2019
The label really has no non-subjective basis in reality, same as "White."
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Level 44
Dec 2, 2020
@someone2018 I don't think you can be legally any race in the US, correct me if I'm wrong
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Level 45
Jan 1, 2018
Source?? Checked wikipedia and from the top 10 cities with the highest black population, only new orleans was here
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Level 74
Jul 26, 2018
You were looking at the wrong thing bud
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Level 87
Dec 4, 2018
Use a real source instead of Wikipedia.
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Level ∞
May 28, 2019
In this case, I would go with the direct Census data, but Wikipedia is a very good source in most circumstances. My guess is that the user incorrectly interpreted the Wikipedia data.
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Level 34
Jan 1, 2018
I can't believe I missed Nawrlens. Needed two more!
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Level 45
May 23, 2018
100 with 1:07 left
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Level 45
Nov 7, 2018
I would have got 16/20 if I had spelled Baltimore right
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Level 73
Mar 17, 2019
I never think to guess Baltimore. On any quiz. I guess I really need to visit it.
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Level 87
Apr 24, 2019
Only in the daytime. You can tell it was a beautiful city once.
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Level 44
Dec 2, 2020
You're not missing out
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2021
Watch the Wire, set and filmed in Baltimore. Great series and you'll never forget again :)
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Level 84
Mar 31, 2019
Funny... judging from my stats I must have taken this quiz 5 times now. I've missed Indianapolis twice, Charlotte 3 times, and Milwaukee 4 times, never getting 100%, but those are the only 3 I ever miss. Wonder why I've got a mental block on just those 3.
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Level 84
Jun 30, 2019
well I got them all this time and don't even remember making this comment 3 months ago. Looks like the quiz was updated, too, as the 5 points are new.

Strategy: start with the biggest cities in America (#s 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8). When those were taken care of, move on to the biggest cities that were left south of the Mason-Dixon line and also around the rust belt (everything else except Boston).

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Level 80
Aug 22, 2020
Sat and stared at the screen for 2 minutes trying to guess the last answer while my wife was on Facetime with our friends in that town. I'm as thick as mince sometimes.
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Level 55
Jan 4, 2021
Missed the two tennessee ones
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Level 51
Jun 1, 2021
Oh, forgot memphis. AGAIN.
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Level 73
Jul 13, 2021
Surprised that Cincinnati didn't make this list.
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Level 53
Oct 31, 2021
I didn't know that Boston had a lot of Black people
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Level 84
Mar 2, 2022
I used to tell my students a story about driving through Baltimore with my Chinese ex, as a way of explaining the difference in meaning between "too" and "very," when she looked out the window of the car and said, "oooohh. There are too many black people!"
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Level 41
Mar 2, 2022
Is that why they are your ex?
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Level 84
Apr 27, 2022
Because she hadn't yet achieved English fluency? No, that had nothing to do with it.
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Level 83
Oct 5, 2022
The 10% for one city was a give-away; the total population would be 3.85 million. Not much left to choose from if its the last city to fill in.
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Level 61
Oct 6, 2022
Based on the results I assume the stats are based on city proper population, am I correct?

This would also explain why Dallas and Fort Worth are both listed separately.

I recommend mentioning this in the beginning just so it is clear from the start.

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Level 77
Oct 7, 2022
I always linked "something American" terms to continuing subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) discrimination and othering. Generally used of people that have been or are being discriminated against e.g. the above, Native American, Italian American, Asian American, Irish American... The kings on the hill are just "American".

Any thoughts? Just curious.

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Level 48
Oct 8, 2022
Very true in my opinion.