Overview (Demographics):

In July 2015, 40.7 million people in the United States were black alone, which represents 12.7 percent of the total population. African Americans are the second largest minority population, following the Hispanic/Latino population. In 2015, most blacks lived in the South (58 percent of the black U.S. population), while 35 percent of the white population lived in the South. The ten states with the largest black population in 2015 were Texas, Florida, Georgia, New York, California, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana. Combined, these 10 states represent 59% of the total black population. Of the 10 largest places in the United States with 100,000 or more population in 2010, Detroit, Michigan had the largest proportion of blacks (84%), followed by Jackson, Mississippi (80%).