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.
Quiz by Gamer1162
Rate:
Last updated: September 18, 2020
First submittedOctober 29, 2016
Times taken29,842
Rating4.43
1:30
Enter state here
0
 / 10 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
%
State
38.0
Mississippi
32.4
Louisiana
31.9
Georgia
30.3
Maryland
26.9
Alabama
%
State
26.5
South Carolina
22.5
Delaware
21.5
North Carolina
19.4
Virginia
16.7
Tennessee
+24
Level ∞
Sep 12, 2018
Montana has the lowest percentage: 0.38%.
+12
Level 79
Sep 12, 2018
Delaware, had no idea
+2
Level 83
Sep 12, 2018
Wilmington area is most of the population.
+11
Level 82
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).
+2
Level 47
Nov 16, 2020
Those states also officially banned slavery *after* the South, also tossing in West Virginia and Tennessee (since TN surrendered) by about two years. Of course some people probably ignored the leader of what they considered another country passing a law...
+6
Level 82
Nov 8, 2018
Wow. I didn't get Virginia and I'm from Virginia.
+8
Level 59
Nov 8, 2018
I went to Virginia once!
+2
Level 51
Nov 8, 2018
Hampton Roads (Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, VA Beach) probably makes up a lot of it
+5
Level 82
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.
+2
Level 58
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.
+4
Level 51
Nov 12, 2019
It's not really diverse if it's just black and white people lol
+2
Level 54
Nov 16, 2020
Not really. Northern Virginia has a very large immigrant population.
+8
Level 56
Nov 16, 2020
The sad thing is that VA has now been taken over by Yankees and blue voters from up North. They keep voting for bad ideas, and then move out and vote for them in again in other states.
+11
Level 60
Nov 16, 2020
You've got an extremely apt name.
+5
Level 58
Nov 17, 2020
These are many of the same voters that are subsidizing red Virginia. No matter how you put it, Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, and Henrico pay far more in taxes than they receive. Next time, be grateful for everything blue Virginia has given you.
+6
Level 65
Nov 8, 2018
wow most of the states are from the former confederacy and the border states, who would have guessed that?
+8
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.
+1
Level 74
Nov 8, 2018
Yeah, I guessed Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan before Delaware, but I suppose those have a lot more mostly white rural areas.
+7
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.
+6
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.
+3
Level 66
Nov 16, 2020
Interestingly, I think I've heard that many Northern black people are starting to move back South, especially to big cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, etc. I don't know the details though so correct if I'm wrong.
+2
Level 61
Nov 8, 2018
Had absolutely no idea about Delaware.
+2
Level 66
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."
+2
Level 48
Nov 10, 2018
Delaware surprised me
+17
Level 45
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
+1
Level 46
Nov 8, 2020
LOL.
+2
Level 53
Apr 9, 2019
That was easy.
+1
Level 66
Nov 16, 2020
"There's black people in like ten places. Ain't no black people in Minnesota. Just Prince and Kirby Puckett."
+2
Level 63
Nov 16, 2020
How's Mississippi a red state when there are so many black people?
+8
Level 47
Nov 16, 2020
People don't vote based on their race. Believe it or not, you're still black if you vote for Trump or Jorgensen.
+9
Level 66
Nov 16, 2020
Cuotak wasn't implying you have to vote Democratic to "be black." The fact is that black Americans overwhelmingly vote Democratic, so a state with a larger-than-average share of black voters might lean more democratic. According to Mississippi Today, top-line Democratic candidates get at least 88% of Mississippi's black vote, going up to as high as 95%. The answer to cuotak's question is that white voters still make up about 59% of the Mississippi electorate, and they are overwhelmingly conservative. (In fact, Donald Trump's share of Mississippi's vote in 2020 was...59%). It is true though that many "deep red" states have sizeable black populations. It's simply that the white populations are so close to uniformly conservative that their vote will continue to reign.
+2
Level 55
Nov 16, 2020
I’ve heard that 90% of white Mississippians vote republican and 90% of black Mississippians vote Democrat. There’s more white than black Mississippians so it ends up republican.
+2
Level 39
Nov 16, 2020
Not all black people are democratic you know, and not all white people are republican. In my opinion it is absurd to classify any one race as a certain political party.
+5
Level 66
Nov 16, 2020
We can read statistics and identify general trends. Saying that black people are statistically more likely to be Democratic is not saying that all black people are Democrats. In my opinion it is absurd to conflate reaching an obvious conclusion based on clear data with making classifications about an entire race.
+1
Level 78
Nov 16, 2020
Is the photo someone famous? I clicked on it and it said it was the St. Bonaventure school uniform. Just wondering.
+1
Level 69
May 4, 2021
It's just a stock photo of a kid.
+1
Level 69
May 4, 2021
Actually looking at the info at the Wikipedia page, it looks like that kid is actually British, which is... not really fitting for a quiz about African-Americans.