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U.S Cities by African-American Population

Name the American cities that have the highest Black or African-American population, according to the 2010 U.S. census.
Last updated: June 04, 2016
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City
%
2,080,000
New York City
25.5
887,000
Chicago
32.9
662,000
Philadelphia
43.4
590,000
Detroit
82.7
498,000
Houston
23.7
409,000
Memphis
63.3
396,000
Baltimore
63.7
364,000
Los Angeles
9.6
305,070
Washington D.C.
50.7
299,000
Dallas
25.0
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City
%
256,000
Charlotte
35.0
252,000
Jacksonville
30.7
238,000
Milwaukee
40.0
227,000
Atlanta
54.0
226,000
Indianapolis
27.5
220,000
Columbus
28.0
212,000
Cleveland
53.3
207,000
New Orleans
60.2
171,000
Nashville
28.4
157,000
St. Louis
49.2
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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 60
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 75
Nov 20, 2016
I think it was probably more interesting as a percentage.
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level 7
Jun 7, 2016
Is it Columbus, Ohio or Columbus, Georgia?
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level 67
Jun 9, 2016
ohio
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level 67
Jun 17, 2016
Got all right with 1 second to go!
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level 75
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 55
Nov 20, 2016
How do they actually define "black"?
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level 78
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 68
Mar 17, 2019
Anyone backing who calls himself black is legally black I guess.
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level 44
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 56
Jul 26, 2018
You were looking at the wrong thing bud
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level 68
Dec 4, 2018
Use a real source instead of Wikipedia.
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level 44
Jan 1, 2018
I only got one and gave up- thought it was US States, not cities.
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level 34
Jan 1, 2018
I can't believe I missed Nawrlens. Needed two more!
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level 49
Feb 24, 2018
lol I was shocked two cities that Ive always thought of as have racial problems werent on there, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, tho I got Columbus, I must have misspelled Cleveland ;)
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level 68
Mar 17, 2019
Cincy's population has plummeted so far within city limits that it doesn't make the threshold.
Even St. Louis and Cleveland will fall out soon.
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level 34
May 23, 2018
100 with 1:07 left
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level 69
Oct 26, 2018
African-American or any ____-American is the most racist term there is. All out in the open, staring at you in the face. Why? It's mostly, if not only, linked to 'racially profiled' people. People who used to be considered second or third class citizens now or in the past. African-, Asian-, Italian-... It's like saying you're not 'real' American, still. Wonder if many people have noticed this?
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level 75
Dec 3, 2018
It's not like that at all. The term African American is not racist at all and the only implication it contains about whether or not the persons being referenced are real American or not is the implication that they are, in fact, fully American. (hint: it's the 2nd part of the label that says "American")
All African-Americans are also Americans. If they choose to identify some part of their heritage in addition to their American heritage that's up to them.

My nominee for extremely racist term we should all stop using: "______ of color."
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level 68
Dec 4, 2018
Chameleon?
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level 75
Mar 17, 2019
person of color, women of color, men of color, chameleon of color, sure anything you want to put in there. Still a racist term.
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level 45
Mar 17, 2019
kalbahamut while I agree that _____ of color can be seen as racist out of context, I've seen it used many times before as a common acronym to denote anyone as a color not as being different, but as being a group that are generally discriminated against. I've seen people of all different races use it, so while in many situations it could be racist, I've only ever seen it used as a neutral term to describe a group as a whole that experiences unfair discrimination. However, I do think that it should only ever be used in that term- if people begin to use it negatively, than it definitely shouldn't be used anymore
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level 75
Mar 31, 2019
I don't believe there is any context where it could not be racist. Dividing people up into groups according to their "race," assigning them characteristics according to that grouping that distinguish or separate them from other categories- this is racism. And the term "person of color" was designed specifically to do this. Including some and explicitly excluding others to generalize their experiences and characteristics.
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level 75
Mar 31, 2019
and while both of these terms *could* be used in the same way, for me the key difference is that when someone chooses to identify themselves as an African-American they are trying to positively include themselves in a group. I don't personally see much need for this; however, it's quite different to identify with the label of "person of color," which instead of being just "I am like them" also necessarily and significantly identifies a group of people who do not belong - the "colorless." It's saying basically "everyone except for them." All tribal distinctions and racial labels can be problematic, but this is worse than most. And the way that the term is very often used you can see how it is being used to demean, marginalize, exclude, or minimize those who don't belong more than anything else. And that's exactly what those who coined the phrase wanted.
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level 75
Mar 31, 2019
Just imagine that there was a term for "non-Jew" or "non-Black" and then insert that term in to any sentence you've ever seen about persons of color, read it, and see how you feel about it, and maybe you'll see what I mean.
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level 68
Apr 24, 2019
Gentile actually is the word you're looking for.
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level 44
Nov 7, 2018
I would have got 16/20 if I had spelled Baltimore right
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level 56
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 68
Apr 24, 2019
Only in the daytime. You can tell it was a beautiful city once.
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level 75
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 60
May 17, 2019
Probably because Charlotte’s a forgettable town, while Indianapolis (home of John Green) and Milwaukee (too cold) are both thought of as being pretty white.