Number of African People in the United States

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

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

Total U.S. African Population

Population Year
1,550,482 2019
1,515,940 2018
1,458,354 2017
1,414,815 2016
1,401,684 2015

The table above shows that between 2015 and 2019 the total African population has increased by 148,798 people.

If this growth were to continue at the same rate, the total population of African people by 2023 could be 1,699,280.

Total U.S. African Population By State

We can also look at the data for African people in each individual state and whether the African 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 32,933 36,251 10.08%
Alaska 998 1,404 40.68%
Arizona 14,271 18,941 32.72%
Arkansas 4,974 12,977 160.90%
California 116,485 110,217 -5.38%
Colorado 11,784 12,353 4.83%
Connecticut 14,514 14,937 2.91%
Delaware 4,977 6,666 33.94%
District of Columbia 6,593 5,816 -11.79%
Florida 68,019 69,902 2.77%
Georgia 93,679 88,043 -6.02%
Hawaii 1,046 763 -27.06%
Idaho 1,370 1,073 -21.68%
Illinois 39,601 52,837 33.42%
Indiana 30,689 29,464 -3.99%
Iowa 6,022 11,412 89.51%
Kansas 12,772 11,991 -6.11%
Kentucky 24,646 15,132 -38.60%
Louisiana 32,243 56,646 75.68%
Maine 1,223 1,165 -4.74%
Maryland 115,440 118,873 2.97%
Massachusetts 18,629 24,830 33.29%
Michigan 28,927 33,904 17.21%
Minnesota 22,732 27,945 22.93%
Mississippi 16,032 14,509 -9.50%
Missouri 14,731 17,733 20.38%
Montana 431 325 -24.59%
Nebraska 5,582 4,790 -14.19%
Nevada 10,997 15,090 37.22%
New Hampshire 1,225 2,479 102.37%
New Jersey 30,389 36,252 19.29%
New Mexico 1,896 2,362 24.58%
New York 101,940 104,403 2.42%
North Carolina 61,332 70,417 14.81%
North Dakota 1,328 2,454 84.79%
Ohio 48,222 57,180 18.58%
Oklahoma 7,423 8,080 8.85%
Oregon 6,775 6,472 -4.47%
Pennsylvania 47,540 58,851 23.79%
Puerto Rico 785 1,108 41.15%
Rhode Island 3,747 4,082 8.94%
South Carolina 33,639 40,680 20.93%
South Dakota 1,659 2,141 29.05%
Tennessee 43,871 49,083 11.88%
Texas 127,403 154,543 21.30%
Utah 4,127 3,048 -26.14%
Vermont 662 645 -2.57%
Virginia 83,029 92,108 10.93%
Washington 19,922 18,786 -5.70%
West Virginia 3,390 4,421 30.41%
Wisconsin 19,036 15,518 -18.48%
Wyoming 789 488 -38.15%

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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