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. Without further ado, here is the breakdown of black people who lived in each of the United States of America as of 2019.

Black Population of Each State in 2019

Black Percentage of the Population in 2017

How have the current percentages and numbers of black people in each state come to be what they are today? Well, let’s find out! Here are the percentages of the entire US population that each state’s black population accounts for. Later, you will see the data values for the number of black people in each US state in 2017.

  • Alabama 26.77%
  • Alaska 3.9%
  • Arizona 4.84%
  • Arkansas 15.65%
  • California 6.52%
  • Colorado 4.49%
  • Connecticut 11.65%
  • Delaware 22.4%
  • Florida 16.82%
  • Georgia 31.72%
  • Hawaii 2.61%
  • Idaho 0.84%
  • Illinois 14.68%
  • Indiana 9.62%
  • Iowa 3.52%
  • Kansas 6.28%
  • Kentucky 8.28%
  • Louisiana 32.49%
  • Maine 1.45%
  • Maryland 30.46%
  • Massachusetts 8.45%
  • Michigan 14.21%
  • Minnesota 5.99%
  • Mississippi 37.59%
  • Missouri 11.81%
  • Montana 0.61%
  • Nebraska 4.95%
  • Nevada 9.27%
  • New Hampshire 1.49%
  • New Jersey 14.85%
  • New Mexico 2.56%
  • New York 17.64%
  • North Carolina 22.14%
  • North Dakota 2.43%
  • Ohio 12.72%
  • Oklahoma 7.77%
  • Oregon 2.08%
  • Pennsylvania 11.7%
  • Rhode Island 7.87%
  • South Carolina 27.64%
  • South Dakota 1.84%
  • Tennessee 17.12%
  • Texas 12.54%
  • Utah 1.34%
  • Vermont 1.3%
  • Virginia 19.73%
  • Washington 4.11%
  • West Virginia 3.64%
  • Wisconsin 6.61%
  • Wyoming 1.41%

The Number of Black People in Each State in the Year 2017

  • Alabama 1,300,596 people
  • Alaska 28,825 people
  • Arizona 330,467 people
  • Arkansas 466,112 people
  • California 2,552,858 people
  • Colorado 245,197 people
  • Connecticut 418,185 people
  • Delaware 211,859 people
  • Florida 3,408,632 people
  • Georgia 3,240,294 people
  • Hawaii 37,413 people
  • Idaho 13,932 people
  • Illinois 1,888,404 people
  • Indiana 636,646 people
  • Iowa 110,050 people
  • Kansas 182,881 people
  • Kentucky 366,396 people
  • Louisiana 1,517,482 people
  • Maine 19,272 people
  • Maryland 1,829,583 people
  • Massachusetts 574,106 people
  • Michigan 1,410,066 people
  • Minnesota 328,815 people
  • Mississippi 1,124,875 people
  • Missouri 718,518 people
  • Montana 6,250 people
  • Nebraska 93,900 people
  • Nevada 268,042 people
  • New Hampshire 19,819 people
  • New Jersey 1,329,948 people
  • New Mexico 53,429 people
  • New York 3,491,047 people
  • North Carolina 2,223,003 people
  • North Dakota 18,392 people
  • Ohio 1,477,218 people
  • Oklahoma 303,944 people
  • Oregon 83,636 people
  • Pennsylvania 1,497,476 people
  • Rhode Island 83,101 people
  • South Carolina 1,353,056 people
  • South Dakota 15,760 people
  • Tennessee 1,129,765 people
  • Texas 3,444,190 people
  • Utah 40,163 people
  • Vermont 8,140 people
  • Virginia 1,654,264 people
  • Washington 294,992 people
  • West Virginia 67,175 people
  • Wisconsin 381,376 people
  • Wyoming 8,286 people

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%