Black Population By State 2019

As a nation, the population of the United States is about 15% black, but this hasn’t always been the case. The black population has fluctuated over the years, and there was a particular point in time where the increase in the number of black people reversed and turned into a declining value. The black population of America experienced a decline in the mid-1900s, but the black population started rising again in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement. Now that we are just under six decades into the future, it is interesting to look at how many people make up the current black population of the United States.

Black Population of the US in the 1900s

Understanding the population of black people on a nationwide scale helps to make sense of the population changes that occurred on a state level over the years. Here is a rundown of how the black population in the United States has evolved over the years…

Number of black people in the US: 8,833,994 people Percentage of total US population: 12%

Black Population of the US in the 1910s

Number of black people in the US: 9,827,763 people Percentage of total US population: 11%

Black Population of the US in the 1920s

Number of black people in the US: 10,463,131 people Percentage of total US population: 10%

Black Population of the US in the 1930s

Number of black people in the US: 11,891,143 people Percentage of total US population: 10%

Black Population of the US in the 1940s

Number of black people in the US: 12,865,518 people Percentage of total US population: 10%

Black Population of the US in the 1950s

Number of black people in the US: 15,042,286 people Percentage of total US population: 10%

Black Population of the US in the 1960s

Number of black people in the US: 18,871,831 people Percentage of total US population: 11%

Black Population of the US in the 1970s

Number of black people in the US: 22,580,289 people Percentage of total US population: 11%

Black Population of the US in the 1980s

Number of black people in the US: 26,495,025 people Percentage of total US population: 12%

Black Population of the US in the 1990s

Number of black people in the US: 29,986,060 people Percentage of total US population: 12%

Black Population of the US in the 2000s

Number of black people in the US: 36,419,434 people Percentage of total US population: 13%

Black Population of the US in 2010

Number of black people in the US: 42,020,743 people Percentage of total US population: 14%

Black Population of the US in 2015

Number of black people in the US: 46,247,363 people Percentage of total US population: 14%

Black Population of the US in 2017

Number of black people in the US: 47,411,470 people Percentage of total US population: 15%

Rank State 2019 Population Black (Total) Black (%)
1District of Columbia672,391315,15946.87%
2Mississippi2,986,2201,118,45837.45%
3Louisiana4,663,4611,490,05031.95%
4Georgia10,201,6353,150,51430.88%
5Maryland5,996,0791,754,14329.25%
6South Carolina4,893,4441,321,21927.00%
7Alabama4,850,7711,280,94626.41%
8Delaware943,732201,41121.34%
9North Carolina10,052,5642,127,29421.16%
10Virginia8,365,9521,576,08118.84%
11Tennessee6,597,3811,099,11816.66%
12Florida20,278,4473,129,40615.43%
13Arkansas2,977,944457,25115.35%
14New York19,798,2282,842,86914.36%
15Illinois12,854,5261,806,39814.05%
16Michigan9,925,5681,359,20813.69%
17New Jersey8,960,1611,136,34712.68%
18Ohio11,609,7561,408,70812.13%
19Texas27,419,6123,199,02211.67%
20Missouri6,075,300698,14011.49%
21Pennsylvania12,790,5051,358,26310.62%
22Connecticut3,594,478350,8209.76%
23Indiana6,614,418604,2499.14%
24Nevada2,887,725242,6828.40%
25Kentucky4,424,376348,4727.88%
26Oklahoma3,896,251278,8877.16%
27Massachusetts6,789,319453,6836.68%
28Wisconsin5,763,217359,0946.23%
29Minnesota5,490,726321,5435.86%
30Kansas2,903,820163,4905.63%
31California38,982,8472,161,4595.54%
32Rhode Island1,056,13857,8605.48%
33Nebraska1,893,92187,2604.61%
34Arizona6,809,946276,1464.06%
35Colorado5,436,519209,8853.86%
36Washington7,169,967251,6033.51%
37West Virginia1,836,84364,4143.51%
38Iowa3,118,102104,1943.34%
39Alaska738,56522,5343.05%
40North Dakota745,47517,0142.28%
41Oregon4,025,12772,6361.80%
42New Mexico2,084,82837,2871.79%
43Hawaii1,421,65823,9771.69%
44South Dakota855,44414,2921.67%
45New Hampshire1,331,84816,1671.21%
46Maine1,330,15816,0651.21%
47Vermont624,6367,5341.21%
48Utah2,993,94131,7141.06%
49Wyoming583,2005,7910.99%
50Idaho1,657,37510,6580.64%
51Montana1,029,8624,0800.40%