US African American Population by County (1990 – 2018)

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, African Americans make up 14.6% (47.8 million) of the U.S. population.

In recent decades, there has been an increase in U.S. counties with a predominance of blacks.

However, the growth in the number of black-majority U.S. counties isn’t because the United States is shifting considerably blacker (the share of Afro-Americans in the U.S. has only grown by 1.5% since 1970), but because of changes between and within regions and metropolitan areas. This growth is proceeding amid a national conversation about the U.S. becoming minority white in about 2050, a prediction due in massive part to the growing amounts of Hispanics and newcomers in national population totals.

Absence of Black

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Absence of Black (2018)
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

Top 20 U.S. counties with the highest number of blacks (2018)

  1. Cook (Illinois): 1236170
  2. Harris (Texas): 933703
  3. Los Angeles (California): 9064703
  4. Kings (New York): 906467
  5. Philadelphia (Pennsylvania): 881296
  6. Wayne (Michigan): 692593
  7. Bronx (New York): 680275
  8. Dallas (Texas): 624800
  9. Broward (Florida): 619411
  10. Prince George’s (Maryland): 587182
  11. Shelby (Tennessee): 587182
  12. Miami-Dade (Florida): 585797
  13. Queens (New York): 507131
  14. Fulton (Georgia): 495647
  15. DeKalb (Georgia): 471907
  16. Cuyahoga (Ohio): 467706
  17. Baltimore City (Maryland): 415518
  18. Tarrant (Texas): 378974
  19. Mecklenburg (North Carolina): 378974
  20. Essex (New Jersey): 378476

Top 20 US counties with Highest Percentage of Blacks (2018)

  1. Claiborne County (Mississippi): 86.07%
  2. Jefferson County (Mississippi): 85.15%
  3. Holmes County (Mississippi): 83.54%
  4. Macon County (Alabama): 80.73%
  5. Greene County (Alabama): 80.13%
  6. Petersburg city (Virginia): 77.69%
  7. Tunica County (Mississippi): 77.47%
  8. Coahoma County (Mississippi): 77.02%
  9. Humphreys County (Mississippi): 75.79%
  10. Leflore County (Mississippi): 75.74%
  11. Sunflower County (Mississippi): 73.85%
  12. Allendale County (South Carolina): 73.05%
  13. Hinds County (Mississippi): 72.62%
  14. Lowndes County (Alabama): 72.55%
  15. Washington County (Mississippi): 72.37%
  16. Clayton County (Georgia): 72.15%
  17. Noxubee County (Mississippi): 72.07%
  18. Sumter County (Alabama): 71.79%
  19. Quitman (Mississippi): 71.34%
  20. Wilcox County (Alabama): 71.28%

U.S. Counties without African Americans

  • Treasure (Montana)
  • Keya Paha (Nebraska)
  • Hooker (Nebraska)
  • Wheeler (Nebraska)
  • Daggett (Utah)
  • Alpine (California)
  • King (Texas)
  • Kalawao (Hawaii)

U.S. black population, percent change by county

Absence of Black (1990)Absence of Black (2018)
U.S. black population, percent change by county

Top 20 counties with the most significant percentage decrease in the African American population

  1. Alpine (California): -83.33%
  2. Bristol Bay (Alaska): -76.32%
  3. Hardin (Illinois): -75.58%
  4. Hancock (Tennessee): -71.31%
  5. Losco (Michigan): -69.76%
  6. Atchison (Missouri): -68.97%
  7. McDowell (West Virginia): -68.12%
  8. Mitchell (Kansas): -63.64%
  9. Chattahoochee (Georgia): -59.45%
  10. Greeley (Kansas): -56.25%
  11. Harlan (Kentucky): -55.15%
  12. Meade (Kentucky): -53.41%
  13. Logan (West Virginia): -53.35%
  14. Southeast Fairbanks (Alaska): -52.25%
  15. Crawford (Michigan): -51.84%
  16. Cochran (Texas): -48.10%
  17. Zavala (Texas): -48.03%
  18. Motley (Texas): -47.06%
  19. Chariton (Missouri): -46.57%
  20. Mineral (Nevada): -46.20%

Top 20 counties with the most significant percentage increase in the African American population

  1. Millard (Utah): +75223%
  2. Sargent (North Dakota): +32500%
  3. Hutchinson (South Dakota): +27800%
  4. Scott (Arkansas): +22600%
  5. Loving (Texas): +15040%
  6. Noble (Ohio): +15000%
  7. Johnson (Wyoming): +14400%
  8. Clarke (Iowa): +13550%
  9. Lipscomb (Texas): +11500%
  10. Sullivan (Indiana): +11300%
  11. Washington (Colorado): +10800%
  12. Stark (North Dakota): +10200%
  13. Zapata (Texas): +9250%
  14. Texas (Missouri): +9238%
  15. Jackson (Minnesota): +8800%
  16. Roseau (Minnesota): +8105%
  17. Floyd (Iowa): +8105%
  18. Taylor (Wisconsin): +8100%
  19. Divide (North Dakota): +7900%
  20. Teton (Idaho): +7900%

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