African-American migration

A look at black America’s population over the past 60 years

In this time period between the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the beginning of Black History Month (February), we offer the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest numbers on the shifting population of black America.

Percentage of population by region:

Current total population: 44.5 million.

Projected population for 2060: 77.4 million.

Largest population by state: 3.7 million in New York.

Highest percentage of total population: 51.6 percent in Washington, D.C.

Largest population by county: 1.3 million in Cook County, Ill.