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Top 10 Most African-American U.S. States

Name the states with the highest percentage of people who report their race as black or black and some other race.
2022 estimates. U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey.
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Last updated: September 16, 2023
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State
38.2
Mississippi
33.6
Georgia
33.2
Louisiana
32.6
Maryland
27.3
Alabama
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State
26.9
South Carolina
25.3
Delaware
22.8
North Carolina
21.3
Virginia
17.8
Florida
47 Comments
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Level ∞
Sep 12, 2018
Montana has the lowest percentage: 0.38%.
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Level 82
Sep 12, 2018
Delaware, had no idea
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Level 89
Sep 12, 2018
Wilmington area is most of the population.
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Level 86
Nov 8, 2018
Slavery was still legal in Delaware at the start of the Civil War. They were one of four such states not to secede (the others being Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland).
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Level 58
Nov 16, 2020
Those states also officially banned slavery *after* the South, also tossing in West Virginia and Tennessee (since TN surrendered) by about two years. Of course some people probably ignored the leader of what they considered another country passing a law...
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2023
I guessed it because it is close to Maryland and Virginia. Many African-Americans live in the Washington-Baltimore area.
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2018
Wow. I didn't get Virginia and I'm from Virginia.
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Level 66
Nov 8, 2018
I went to Virginia once!
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Level 57
Nov 8, 2018
Hampton Roads (Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, VA Beach) probably makes up a lot of it
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2018
I was thinking it's probably mostly Richmond. I haven't spent a lot of time around Virginia Beach but I thought it was more diverse than that. I grew up in the NoVA DC suburbs and while some neighborhoods there have a lot of African Americans it's also an extremely diverse place. My college classrooms often looked like meetings at the UN, and high school was similar.
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Level 75
Sep 17, 2023
I was in NoVA last month! Staying with some friends in Alexandria to be precise. Had an awesome time and yeah very racially diverse place.
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Level 59
Nov 10, 2018
yeah, NoVA is super diverse. There's someone from every race up here. I think the majority of African Americans in Virginia are from the Hampton Roads area and Richmond.
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Level 57
Nov 12, 2019
It's not really diverse if it's just black and white people lol
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Level 52
Nov 16, 2020
Not really. Northern Virginia has a very large immigrant population.
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Level 82
Oct 5, 2022
hiki: uh, yeah, you clearly have no clue what you're talking about and have never been there. lol
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Level 60
Nov 12, 2023
That and a lot of areas along the NC Border like Danville, Brunswick County, Mecklenburg County, and a few other counties along the VA/NC line. Roanoke City also has quite a few.

Once you go west of Roanoke though there's barely any

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Level 55
Nov 16, 2020
The sad thing is that VA has now been taken over by Yankees and blue voters from up North. They keep voting for bad ideas, and then move out and vote for them in again in other states.
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Level 61
Nov 16, 2020
You've got an extremely apt name.
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Level 59
Nov 17, 2020
These are many of the same voters that are subsidizing red Virginia. No matter how you put it, Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, and Henrico pay far more in taxes than they receive. Next time, be grateful for everything blue Virginia has given you.
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Level 69
Nov 8, 2018
wow most of the states are from the former confederacy and the border states, who would have guessed that?
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Level 36
Nov 8, 2018
Not really surprising, to be honest. After the civil war, most blacks stayed in the South. Some did move North. Detroit, for example, back in the early 1900s, saw an increase in the black population.
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Level 82
Nov 8, 2018
Yeah, I guessed Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan before Delaware, but I suppose those have a lot more mostly white rural areas.
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Level 73
Nov 8, 2018
There was the Great Migration which brought many blacks to northern industrial cities, but...like, when slavery ended it wasn't as if the freed slaves suddenly got wealth and mobility. Sharecropping and Jim Crow segregation led many to stay because they literally couldn't afford to do anything else.
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Level ∞
Sep 18, 2020
The difference used to be much more stark. In 1880, the population of South Carolina was 60.7% black. In northern states, there were hardly any black people at all. This all changed during the Great Migration between 1916 and 1970.
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Level 71
Nov 16, 2020
Interestingly, I think I've heard that many Northern black people are starting to move back South, especially to big cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, etc. I don't know the details though so correct if I'm wrong.
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Level 79
Dec 14, 2021
you're right. this is happening where i live in chicago. black residents are moving to the chicago suburbs or to larger cities in the south.
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Level ∞
Nov 12, 2023
It could be just part of the pattern of people moving South in general.
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Level 64
Nov 8, 2018
Had absolutely no idea about Delaware.
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2018
Delaware was my first guess after the six or so that I knew for sure were right. I have no idea why. It just popped into my head. "I'll try this...oh, wow. So probably Maryland and Virginia too?...oh, nice."
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Level 54
Nov 10, 2018
Delaware surprised me
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2018
I'm white, but growing up in a majority African-American city in Georgia (Atlanta), I never knew until I was around 12 years old that the United States is majority white. I was shocked when I found out! Haha
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Level 59
Nov 8, 2020
LOL.
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Level 48
Apr 9, 2019
That was easy.
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Level 67
Nov 16, 2020
"There's black people in like ten places. Ain't no black people in Minnesota. Just Prince and Kirby Puckett."
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Level 67
Nov 16, 2020
How's Mississippi a red state when there are so many black people?
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Level 58
Nov 16, 2020
People don't vote based on their race. Believe it or not, you're still black if you vote for Trump or Jorgensen.
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Level 67
Nov 16, 2020
Cuotak wasn't implying you have to vote Democratic to "be black." The fact is that black Americans overwhelmingly vote Democratic, so a state with a larger-than-average share of black voters might lean more democratic. According to Mississippi Today, top-line Democratic candidates get at least 88% of Mississippi's black vote, going up to as high as 95%. The answer to cuotak's question is that white voters still make up about 59% of the Mississippi electorate, and they are overwhelmingly conservative. (In fact, Donald Trump's share of Mississippi's vote in 2020 was...59%). It is true though that many "deep red" states have sizeable black populations. It's simply that the white populations are so close to uniformly conservative that their vote will continue to reign.
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Level 60
Nov 12, 2023
So people do in fact vote by race; nothing has changed down there. Like you said, 59% of the vote went conservative, 59% of the electorate is white; blacks vote overwhelmingly Democratic (95%)...So from all that, we can deduce that down south Democrat is the Black party, Republican is the white party....and both sides, especially the Rs, make sure that concept is in the minds of all the electorate...(it helps the Rs more because they have the numbers). What are the statistical odds that nearly every white person is Republican; even in places like Utah and Montana at least 10% of whites will vote Blue.

Down South, race reigns...so all white people know, that if at least 10% of the white electorate votes Blue, the Dems would control, and with the Democratic party overwhelmingly Black, that will mean Black politicians. So they vote accordingly. This is mostly true for federal and statewide races; that big dynamic is inconsequential locally why you tend to see some white Ds still.

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Level 57
Nov 16, 2020
I’ve heard that 90% of white Mississippians vote republican and 90% of black Mississippians vote Democrat. There’s more white than black Mississippians so it ends up republican.
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Level 79
Aug 7, 2021
Because there are still way more white people who are overwhelmingly Republican in these states lol
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Level 66
Sep 16, 2023
There are more white people than black people?
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Level 61
Nov 16, 2020
Not all black people are democratic you know, and not all white people are republican. In my opinion it is absurd to classify any one race as a certain political party.
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Level 67
Nov 16, 2020
We can read statistics and identify general trends. Saying that black people are statistically more likely to be Democratic is not saying that all black people are Democrats. In my opinion it is absurd to conflate reaching an obvious conclusion based on clear data with making classifications about an entire race.
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Level 65
Nov 13, 2023
I agree that it isn't accurate in all cases to assume race = political party affiliation. But it is almost always the case. Unfortunately many voters vote based on their race without even knowing where their chosen candidate stands on all of the issues. Voters in general, regardless or race, are mostly uninformed anymore. Facebook and Twitter (among other social networks) have become the American public's primary source of information on candidates unfortunately.
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Level 75
Sep 17, 2023
Just missed Alabama somehow.
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2023
Don't worry, I managed to miss Louisiana
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Level 70
Oct 25, 2023
I looked up Oprah to make sure she is actually from one of these states lol.