The 10 Kansas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Kansas is 159,797 - at 5.5% of the total population of Kansas.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Kansas? Which cities and towns in Kansas have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Kansas with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. Kansas City
  2. Junction City
  3. Lansing
  4. Leavenworth
  5. Coffeyville
  6. Topeka
  7. Wichita
  8. Bel Aire
  9. Parsons
  10. Bonner Springs

What's the blackest city in Kansas? Kansas City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Kansas for 2022. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Kansas ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Kansas or the most diverse places in Kansas.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Kansas For 2022

1. Kansas City

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Population: 153,014
% African American: 21.97%
# Of African American Residents: 33,612
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.87%
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Kansas City, KS

2. Junction City

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Population: 22,616
% African American: 19.92%
# Of African American Residents: 4,506
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.13%
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Junction City, KS

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3. Lansing

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Population: 11,955
% African American: 15.83%
# Of African American Residents: 1,892
Percent Change Since 2010: 71.84%
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Lansing, KS

4. Leavenworth

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Population: 36,129
% African American: 12.51%
# Of African American Residents: 4,519
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.04%
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Leavenworth, KS

5. Coffeyville

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Population: 9,343
% African American: 10.67%
# Of African American Residents: 997
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.43%
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Coffeyville, KS

6. Topeka

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Population: 125,819
% African American: 10.18%
# Of African American Residents: 12,804
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.59%
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Topeka, KS

7. Wichita

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Population: 390,566
% African American: 10.05%
# Of African American Residents: 39,242
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.56%
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Wichita, KS

8. Bel Aire

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Population: 8,082
% African American: 10.02%
# Of African American Residents: 810
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.19%
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9. Parsons

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Population: 9,648
% African American: 8.76%
# Of African American Residents: 845
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.32%
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Parsons, KS

10. Bonner Springs

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Population: 7,846
% African American: 8.45%
# Of African American Residents: 663
Percent Change Since 2010: 146.47%
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Bonner Springs, KS

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Kansas With The Largest Black Population For 2022

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across Kansas.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2016-2020 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 58 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 22.0% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Kansas City took the distinction of being the most Black, while Mulvane was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Kansas ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Summary: Black Populations Across Kansas

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Kansas according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Kansas:

  1. Mulvane
  2. Ulysses
  3. Haysville

For more Kansas reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Kansas

Rank City % African American Population
1 Kansas City 21.97% 153,014
2 Junction City 19.92% 22,616
3 Lansing 15.83% 11,955
4 Leavenworth 12.51% 36,129
5 Coffeyville 10.67% 9,343
6 Topeka 10.18% 125,819
7 Wichita 10.05% 390,566
8 Bel Aire 10.02% 8,082
9 Parsons 8.76% 9,648
10 Bonner Springs 8.45% 7,846
11 Mission 7.42% 9,618
12 Merriam 6.76% 11,191
13 Lenexa 6.32% 54,804
14 Independence 5.98% 8,595
15 Gardner 5.93% 21,936
16 Olathe 5.9% 139,216
17 Manhattan 5.53% 55,045
18 Fort Scott 5.48% 7,715
19 Park City 4.91% 7,654
20 Lawrence 4.72% 97,348
21 Overland Park 4.68% 193,412
22 Liberal 4.54% 19,025
23 Atchison 4.23% 10,561
24 Garden City 4.22% 26,403
25 Shawnee 4.06% 65,844
26 Arkansas City 3.56% 11,767
27 Pittsburg 3.45% 20,096
28 Hutchinson 3.37% 40,669
29 Winfield 3.22% 11,990
30 Colby 3.13% 5,426
31 Salina 3.08% 46,706
32 Paola 2.93% 5,634
33 Emporia 2.82% 24,631
34 Concordia 2.72% 5,005
35 Pratt 2.62% 6,595
36 Dodge City 2.3% 27,186
37 Roeland Park 2.06% 6,747
38 Andover 1.96% 13,609
39 Newton 1.78% 18,846
40 Augusta 1.59% 9,363
41 Abilene 1.55% 6,258
42 Mcpherson 1.48% 13,066
43 Leawood 1.36% 34,702
44 Wellington 1.33% 7,716
45 Derby 1.22% 24,428
46 Ottawa 1.19% 12,308
47 Great Bend 1.12% 15,224
48 De Soto 1.11% 6,374
49 Chanute 1.08% 9,044
50 Iola 1.01% 5,322
51 Prairie Village 0.95% 22,255
52 Eudora 0.9% 6,551
53 El Dorado 0.89% 12,976
54 Hays 0.78% 20,855
55 Valley Center 0.77% 7,843
56 Haysville 0.23% 11,260
57 Ulysses 0.05% 5,518
58 Mulvane 0.0% 6,025

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Kansas with the largest African American population.

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