Number of African American People in the United States

In this article, we will explore the demographic data of African American people in the United States, and look at historical data to see whether the African American population is growing or declining.

First, let's take a look at the population of African American people in the United States for the last 5 years.

Total U.S. African American Population

Population Year
41,234,642 2019
40,916,113 2018
40,610,815 2017
40,241,818 2016
39,908,095 2015

The table above shows that between 2015 and 2019 the total African American population has increased by 1,326,547 people.

If this growth were to continue at the same rate, the total population of African American people by 2023 could be 42,561,189.

Total U.S. African American Population By State

We can also look at the data for African American people in each individual state and whether the African American population increased or decreased between 2015 and 2019.

For more details on the historical population figures for each state, click the link in the table below.

State 2015 2019 Change (%)
Alabama 1,276,544 1,299,048 1.76%
Alaska 25,022 24,205 -3.27%
Arizona 281,576 317,462 12.74%
Arkansas 459,748 459,542 -0.04%
California 2,265,387 2,274,108 0.38%
Colorado 213,787 233,647 9.29%
Connecticut 370,501 383,416 3.49%
Delaware 200,481 212,302 5.90%
District of Columbia 316,447 320,811 1.38%
Florida 3,171,108 3,359,031 5.93%
Georgia 3,096,757 3,289,020 6.21%
Hawaii 28,688 26,025 -9.28%
Idaho 9,900 11,918 20.38%
Illinois 1,846,108 1,813,590 -1.76%
Indiana 603,014 626,587 3.91%
Iowa 97,788 116,359 18.99%
Kansas 168,402 170,291 1.12%
Kentucky 347,034 358,928 3.43%
Louisiana 1,484,363 1,502,963 1.25%
Maine 15,037 18,468 22.82%
Maryland 1,750,916 1,799,094 2.75%
Massachusetts 478,947 522,357 9.06%
Michigan 1,381,388 1,374,314 -0.51%
Minnesota 299,176 356,515 19.17%
Mississippi 1,116,457 1,125,623 0.82%
Missouri 697,022 701,334 0.62%
Montana 4,757 5,303 11.48%
Nebraska 88,195 92,406 4.77%
Nevada 235,721 271,005 14.97%
New Hampshire 17,439 21,546 23.55%
New Jersey 1,202,300 1,194,882 -0.62%
New Mexico 43,738 44,120 0.87%
New York 3,070,392 3,065,471 -0.16%
North Carolina 2,115,338 2,200,761 4.04%
North Dakota 11,872 21,985 85.18%
Ohio 1,412,045 1,446,193 2.42%
Oklahoma 278,571 286,356 2.79%
Oregon 72,837 78,679 8.02%
Pennsylvania 1,403,143 1,430,664 1.96%
Puerto Rico 301,519 386,676 28.24%
Rhode Island 68,243 71,561 4.86%
South Carolina 1,315,058 1,344,139 2.21%
South Dakota 13,133 17,531 33.49%
Tennessee 1,091,070 1,124,473 3.06%
Texas 3,152,917 3,428,211 8.73%
Utah 31,909 36,849 15.48%
Vermont 6,949 8,502 22.35%
Virginia 1,589,345 1,621,592 2.03%
Washington 253,224 281,683 11.24%
West Virginia 61,367 66,990 9.16%
Wisconsin 360,792 371,200 2.88%
Wyoming 6,142 5,582 -9.12%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the latest American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, from the United States Census Bureau. The latest year for the ACS is currently 2019.

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