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 6 years.

Total U.S. African Population

Population Year
1,488,618 2020
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 2020 the total African population has increased by 86,934 people.

If this growth were to continue at the same rate, the total population of African people by 2025 could be 1,575,552.

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 2020.

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

State 2015 2020 Change (%)
Alabama 32,933 30,945 -6.04%
Alaska 998 1,658 66.13%
Arizona 14,271 16,900 18.42%
Arkansas 4,974 15,833 218.32%
California 116,485 106,972 -8.17%
Colorado 11,784 11,240 -4.62%
Connecticut 14,514 12,362 -14.83%
Delaware 4,977 6,900 38.64%
District of Columbia 6,593 6,577 -0.24%
Florida 68,019 74,516 9.55%
Georgia 93,679 80,964 -13.57%
Hawaii 1,046 981 -6.21%
Idaho 1,370 785 -42.70%
Illinois 39,601 55,679 40.60%
Indiana 30,689 29,576 -3.63%
Iowa 6,022 11,899 97.59%
Kansas 12,772 8,954 -29.89%
Kentucky 24,646 17,216 -30.15%
Louisiana 32,243 49,742 54.27%
Maine 1,223 1,548 26.57%
Maryland 115,440 98,279 -14.87%
Massachusetts 18,629 24,987 34.13%
Michigan 28,927 35,538 22.85%
Minnesota 22,732 28,047 23.38%
Mississippi 16,032 13,836 -13.70%
Missouri 14,731 18,190 23.48%
Montana 431 471 9.28%
Nebraska 5,582 4,088 -26.76%
Nevada 10,997 16,639 51.30%
New Hampshire 1,225 2,308 88.41%
New Jersey 30,389 36,038 18.59%
New Mexico 1,896 2,419 27.58%
New York 101,940 99,732 -2.17%
North Carolina 61,332 63,894 4.18%
North Dakota 1,328 2,960 122.89%
Ohio 48,222 59,589 23.57%
Oklahoma 7,423 9,565 28.86%
Oregon 6,775 6,166 -8.99%
Pennsylvania 47,540 59,000 24.11%
Puerto Rico 785 1,193 51.97%
Rhode Island 3,747 4,051 8.11%
South Carolina 33,639 38,683 14.99%
South Dakota 1,659 1,783 7.47%
Tennessee 43,871 45,967 4.78%
Texas 127,403 150,463 18.10%
Utah 4,127 3,074 -25.51%
Vermont 662 301 -54.53%
Virginia 83,029 85,228 2.65%
Washington 19,922 20,445 2.63%
West Virginia 3,390 3,238 -4.48%
Wisconsin 19,036 11,865 -37.67%
Wyoming 789 527 -33.21%

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 2020.

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