Top 10 Most African-American U.S. States

Name the 10 U.S. states in which African-Americans make up the highest percentage of residents.
2019 estimates. U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey.
Based on self-identification. Not counting people who identify as being of two or more races.
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Last updated: September 18, 2020
First submittedOctober 29, 2016
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State
38.0
Mississippi
32.4
Louisiana
31.9
Georgia
30.3
Maryland
26.9
Alabama
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State
26.5
South Carolina
22.5
Delaware
21.5
North Carolina
19.4
Virginia
16.7
Tennessee
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Level ∞
Sep 12, 2018
Montana has the lowest percentage: 0.38%.
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Level 42
Nov 10, 2018
oof
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Level 78
Sep 12, 2018
Delaware, had no idea
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Level 81
Sep 12, 2018
Wilmington area is most of the population.
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Level 81
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 80
Nov 8, 2018
Wow. I didn't get Virginia and I'm from Virginia.
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Level 58
Nov 8, 2018
I went to Virginia once!
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Level 50
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 80
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 55
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 50
Nov 12, 2019
It's not really diverse if it's just black and white people lol
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Level 65
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 43
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 71
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 71
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 61
Nov 8, 2018
Had absolutely no idea about Delaware.
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Level 65
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 40
Nov 10, 2018
Delaware surprised me
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Level 42
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 53
Nov 11, 2018
Thanks for the heads up.
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Level 53
Apr 9, 2019
That was easy.