African Americans by U.S. state over 100 years

African Americans by U.S. state over 100 years

While no state has had an African American majority since 1930 (Mississippi dipped below 50% in 1940) the D.C. had a black majority between 1960 and 2010 (where it had fallen to 51% and demographers today say African Americans are no longer the majority today). I haven’t included it as the “highest” as it isn’t one of the 50 states.

The following U.S. states have had black majorities:
– Mississippi: 1840-1930 (peaking at 59% in 1900)
– South Carolina: 1820-1920 (peaking at 61% in 1880)
– Louisiana: statehood (1810)-1850 then again 1870-1890 (peaked at 59% in 1830)

A number of U.S. states came very close to a black majority:
– Alabama (48% in 1880)
– Georgia (47% in 1880)
– Florida (49% in 1870)
– Virginia (48% in 1830)

Nationally the black population peaked in 1790 (at 19.3%). It then gradually fell down to 9.7% in 1930. From there on it increased to 12.6% according to the most recent census in 2010.

While nationally the black % is increasing in most states, in some it continues to fall. Between 2000 and 2010 the black % of S. Carolina, Louisiana, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alaska, Illinois, California and Virginia fell.

Only three U.S. states are less than 1% black: Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Between 2000 and 2010 Delaware saw the biggest jump in black % (from 19 to 21%).

By reddit user: bezzleford

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