Georgia State Urban Black Population
(2017 census ACS Black alone)
Atlanta  1,920,782
Augusta  209,658
Columbus  126,005
Savannah  126,420
Macon  103,312
Albany  81,244
Warner Robins, GA 60,917
Valdosta, GA 49,313
Athens, GA 40,840
Hinesville, GA 29,814
Brunswick, GA 27,212

According to the 2017 Census Bureau the state of Georgia has the 4th largest Black population in the United States with 3,495,258 African Americans making up 34% of the state total.

Georgia had the largest numerical increase in African American population growth between 2005 and 2011. During this time period the Black population in Georgia increased by over 400,000.  This is mostly due to the mass Black migration to the Atlanta metropolitan area bringing Georgia to 4th place in Black population.  Although it may currently rank in 4th place it is actually tied for second place along with Texas and Florida because all three states have A Black population of just over 3 million. 

The Black population of Georgia has changed tremendously over the last century. Georgia was one of the original thirteen colonies as well as a slave state. African Americans were brought to what was commonly referred to as Georgia’s Black Belt (originally named for the Black fertile soil in several southern states). It was in this area which is mainly the southern half of the state where most Blacks resided until the Great Migrations. Most only acknowledge the Great Migrations of African Americans move to the north and west coast. However, much of that migration was from rural south to urban south which still occurs today. In Georgia African Americans moved to urban centers such as Savannah, Augusta, and of especially Atlanta.  Today, more than half of the states Black population live in the Atlanta metropolitan area which consists of migrants from all over the nation. 

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The report consists of data tables compiled from the 2017 Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates and compares the state Black population to the state total population all in one 16 page report for $2.99. (purchase below)

This report includes 289 data comparisons regarding 33 topics 26 charts and graphs including:

  • Total number reported
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  • Sex and age
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  • Relationship
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  • Households by type
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  • Marital status
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  • Responsibility for grandchildren
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  • School enrollment status
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  • Educational attainment
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  • Class of workers
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  • Commuting to work
    8 data comparisons
  • Employment status
    14 data comparisons
  • Occupation
    18 data comparisons
  • Industry
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  • Poverty rates for families and people
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  • Income
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  • Housing tenure
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  • Monthly owner costs as a percentage of household income
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  • Owner characteristics
    4 data comparisons
  • Gross rent as a percentage of household income
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  • Gross rent
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  • Units in structure
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  • Year structure built
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  • House heating fuel
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  • Selected characteristics
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  • Residence 1 year ago
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  • Place of birth, citizenship status and year of entry
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  • World region of birth of foreign born
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  • Language spoken at home and ability to speak English
    4 data comparisons
  • Fertility
    4 data comparisons
  • Veteran status
    2 data comparisons
  • Disability status
    8 data comparisons
  • Health insurance coverage
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  • Vehicles available
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