Race and Ethnicity: State of Oregon, Population by Race, Black or African American

The black population of Oregon was very small until the 1940s, when African Americans migrated to Oregon to fill jobs supporting the war effort. The black population in Oregon grew from 2,565 in 1940 to 11,529 in 1950.

By 2010, the Census counted 98,479 Oregonians identifying as black or African American alone or in combination with other races.

In 2010, over 33,000 black Oregonians, or nearly one third, identified as black in combination with another race or Hispanic ethnicity.

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