The 10 Kansas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Kansas with the largest African American population.

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 164,509 - at 5.7% 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 2021:

  1. Kansas City
  2. Junction City
  3. Leavenworth
  4. Lansing
  5. Wichita
  6. Topeka
  7. Parsons
  8. Coffeyville
  9. Bel Aire
  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 2021. 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 2021

1. Kansas City

Kansas City, KS

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Population: 152,522
% African American: 22.76%
# Of African American Residents: 34,717
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.11%
More on Kansas City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Junction City

Junction City, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,104
% African American: 20.57%
# Of African American Residents: 4,752
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.12%
More on Junction City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Leavenworth

Leavenworth, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 36,064
% African American: 14.12%
# Of African American Residents: 5,092
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.14%
More on Leavenworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Lansing

Lansing, KS

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 11,900
% African American: 11.42%
# Of African American Residents: 1,359
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.43%
More on Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Wichita

Wichita, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 389,877
% African American: 10.62%
# Of African American Residents: 41,388
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.71%
More on Wichita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Topeka

Topeka, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 126,397
% African American: 10.19%
# Of African American Residents: 12,883
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.03%
More on Topeka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Parsons

Parsons, KS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 9,736
% African American: 9.15%
# Of African American Residents: 891
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.0%
More on Parsons: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Coffeyville

Coffeyville, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,457
% African American: 8.88%
# Of African American Residents: 840
Percent Change Since 2010: -33.81%
More on Coffeyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Bel Aire

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,858
% African American: 8.82%
# Of African American Residents: 693
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.11%
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate | Data

10. Bonner Springs

Bonner Springs, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,782
% African American: 8.38%
# Of African American Residents: 652
Percent Change Since 2010: 142.38%
More on Bonner Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In kansas With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 22.8% 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.

There You Have It - 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:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Kansas

Rank City % African American Population
1 Kansas City 22.76% 152,522
2 Junction City 20.57% 23,104
3 Leavenworth 14.12% 36,064
4 Lansing 11.42% 11,900
5 Wichita 10.62% 389,877
6 Topeka 10.19% 126,397
7 Parsons 9.15% 9,736
8 Coffeyville 8.88% 9,457
9 Bel Aire 8.82% 7,858
10 Bonner Springs 8.38% 7,782
11 Park City 7.35% 8,138
12 Mission 7.06% 9,523
13 Lenexa 6.39% 54,011
14 Independence 6.17% 8,698
15 Olathe 6.14% 137,618
16 Merriam 5.94% 11,185
17 Manhattan 5.79% 55,290
18 Eudora 5.15% 6,602
19 Liberal 5.1% 19,731
20 Shawnee 4.97% 65,540
21 Lawrence 4.64% 96,369
22 Overland Park 4.62% 191,011
23 Fort Scott 4.29% 7,742
24 Winfield 4.04% 12,085
25 Paola 3.97% 5,611
26 Arkansas City 3.97% 11,868
27 Atchison 3.93% 10,598
28 Hutchinson 3.87% 40,914
29 Garden City 3.68% 26,647
30 Pittsburg 3.66% 20,171
31 Pratt 3.57% 6,703
32 Concordia 3.31% 5,070
33 Gardner 3.28% 21,528
34 Roeland Park 3.12% 6,769
35 Salina 3.06% 46,998
36 Colby 3.05% 5,473
37 Emporia 2.97% 24,607
38 Dodge City 2.32% 27,555
39 Newton 2.25% 18,877
40 Chanute 1.93% 9,102
41 Derby 1.92% 24,067
42 Iola 1.83% 5,351
43 Wellington 1.66% 7,788
44 Abilene 1.49% 6,362
45 Ottawa 1.44% 12,260
46 Mcpherson 1.39% 13,054
47 De Soto 1.38% 6,254
48 El Dorado 1.37% 12,988
49 Augusta 1.2% 9,368
50 Great Bend 1.16% 15,358
51 Hays 1.05% 20,899
52 Valley Center 1.03% 7,176
53 Prairie Village 0.99% 22,170
54 Leawood 0.74% 34,670
55 Andover 0.69% 13,062
56 Haysville 0.22% 11,132
57 Ulysses 0.05% 5,712
58 Mulvane 0.0% 6,045

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