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African-American Population by State in 2010

Percentage of U.S. Population That Is African-American

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African-American Population by State in 2010
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This article lists the percentage of each state that is African-American, per the 2010 U.S. census, from the highest to lowest percentage of the total state population.

African-American data is relevant to elections because in both 2008, this group voted nearly unanimously to elect Barack Obama to the White House. Per the non-partisan Pew Research, African-American voters voted at historically high rates in 2008, especially women. "Overall, among all racial, ethnic and gender groups, black women had the highest voter turnout rate in November's election -- a first," per Pew Research.

To win reelection in 2012, President Obama will rely on high African-American turn-out at the polls in states as North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and even his home-state of Illinois.

    Major Possible African-American Electoral Influence in 2012
  • 1. Mississippi - 37%
  • 2. Louisiana - 32%
  • 3. Georgia - 30%
  • 3. Maryland - 30%
  • 5. South Carolina - 28%
  • 6. Alabama - 27%
  • 7. North Carolina - 22%
  • 7. Delaware - 22%
  • 9. Virginia - 20%
    Moderate Possible African-American Electoral Influence in 2012
  • 10. Tennessee - 17%
  • 11. New York - 16%
  • 11. Florida - 16%
  • 11. Arkansas - 16%
  • 14. Illinois - 14%
  • 14. Michigan - 14%
  • 14. New Jersey - 14%
  • 17. Texas - 12%
  • 17. Ohio - 12%
  • 17. Missouri - 12%
  • 20. Pennsyllvania - 11%
  • 21. Connecticut - 10%
    Small Possible African-American Electoral Influence in 2012
  • 22. Indiana - 9%
  • 23. Kentucky - 8%
  • 23. Oklahoma - 8%
  • 23. Nevada - 8%
  • 26. Massachusetts - 7%
  • 27. California - 6%
  • 27. Wisconsin - 6%
  • 27. Kansas - 6%
  • 27. Rhode Island - 6%
  • 31. Minnesota - 5%
  • 31. Nebraska - 5%
  • 33. Arizona - 4%
  • 33. Washington - 4%
  • 33. Colorado - 4%
  • 33. Alaska - 4%
    Negligible Possible African-American Electoral Influence in 2012
  • 37. Iowa - 3%
  • 37. West Virginia - 3%
  • 39. Oregon - 2%
  • 39. New Mexico - 2%
  • 39. Hawaii - 2%
  • 42 Utah - 1%
  • 42. Maine - 1%
  • 42. New Hampshire - 1%
  • 42. South Dakota - 1%
  • 42. Idaho - 1%
  • 42. North Dakota - 1%
  • 42. Vermont - 1%
  • 42. Wyoming - 1%
  • 50. Montana - 0%
Source - 2010 U.S. Census, per BlackDemographics.com

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