These Are The 10 Colorado Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Colorado have the largest African American population.

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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 Colorado is 207,585 – at 3.9% of the total population of Colorado.

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 Colorado? Which cities and towns in Colorado have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Colorado with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Aurora (Photos)
  2. Fountain (Photos)
  3. Denver (Photos)
  4. Fort Morgan (Photos)
  5. Colorado Springs (Photos)
  6. Commerce City (Photos)
  7. Sterling (Photos)
  8. Avon (Photos)
  9. Alamosa (Photos)
  10. Aspen (Photos)

Aurora took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Colorado for 2018. 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 Colorado 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 Colorado or the most diverse places in Colorado.

How We Determined The Cities In Colorado With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 Colorado.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 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 72 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 15.4% 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. Aurora took the distinction of being the most Black, while Milliken was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Colorado 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.

1. Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Population: 351,131
% African American: 15.4%
# Of African American Residents: 54,067
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.01%
More on Aurora: Data | Jobs

Aurora is a Home Rule Municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado, spanning Arapahoe and Adams counties, with the extreme southeastern portion of the city extending into Douglas County. Aurora is one of the principal cities of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city’s population was 325,078 in the 2010 census, which made it the third most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 54th most populous city in the United States.

2. Fountain

Fountain, Colorado

Population: 27,817
% African American: 10.81%
# Of African American Residents: 3,006
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.28%
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The City of Fountain is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 25,846.

3. Denver

Denver, Colorado

Population: 663,303
% African American: 9.4%
# Of African American Residents: 62,320
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.05%
More on Denver: Data | Jobs

Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12mi east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level, making it the highest major city in the United States. The 105th meridian west of Greenwich, the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly through Denver Union Station.

4. Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan, Colorado

Population: 11,346
% African American: 6.03%
# Of African American Residents: 684
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.43%
More on Fort Morgan: Data | Jobs

Fort Morgan is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Morgan County, Colorado, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimated that the city population was 10,844 in 2005.

5. Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Population: 448,759
% African American: 5.96%
# Of African American Residents: 26,755
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.72%
More on Colorado Springs: Data | Jobs

Colorado Springs is a home rule municipality that is the largest city by area in Colorado as well as the county seat and the most populous municipality of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. Colorado Springs is located in the east central portion of the state. It is situated on Fountain Creek and is located 60 miles south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

6. Commerce City

Commerce City, Colorado

Population: 51,731
% African American: 3.09%
# Of African American Residents: 1,600
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.79%
More on Commerce City: Data | Jobs

The City of Commerce City is a Home Rule Municipality located in Adams County, Colorado, United States. Commerce City is a northern suburb of Denver and as of 2013 is the 18th most populous municipality in Colorado. The city population was 45,913 at the 2010 United States Census, a population increase of 118.7% in the ten years since the 2000 census.

7. Sterling

Sterling, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,976
% African American: 3.03%
# Of African American Residents: 424
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.29%
More on Sterling: Data | Jobs

Sterling is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Logan County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 14,777 at the 2010 census.

8. Avon

Avon, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,444
% African American: 2.78%
# Of African American Residents: 179
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Avon: Data | Jobs

9. Alamosa

Alamosa, Colorado

Population: 9,671
% African American: 2.49%
# Of African American Residents: 241
Percent Change Since 2010: 259.7%
More on Alamosa: Data | Jobs

Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 8,780 at the 2010 United States Census. The city is the commercial center of the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado, and is the home of Adams State University.

10. Aspen

Aspen, Colorado

Population: 6,788
% African American: 2.45%
# Of African American Residents: 166
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Aspen: Data | Jobs

Aspen is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Its population was 6,658 at the 2010 United States Census. Aspen is in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, along the Roaring Fork River at an elevation just below 8,000 feet above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles west of the Continental Divide.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Colorado

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Colorado:

  1. Milliken
  2. Gypsum
  3. Estes Park

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Colorado

Rank City Population % African American
1 Aurora 351,131 15.4%
2 Fountain 27,817 10.81%
3 Denver 663,303 9.4%
4 Fort Morgan 11,346 6.03%
5 Colorado Springs 448,759 5.96%
6 Commerce City 51,731 3.09%
7 Sterling 13,976 3.03%
8 Avon 6,444 2.78%
9 Alamosa 9,671 2.49%
10 Aspen 6,788 2.45%
11 Centennial 107,862 2.38%
12 Greeley 98,975 2.2%
13 Pueblo 108,385 2.18%
14 Englewood 32,523 2.14%
15 Brighton 36,307 2.12%
16 Lone Tree 12,808 1.99%
17 CaƱon City 16,445 1.89%
18 Sheridan 5,965 1.78%
19 Littleton 45,072 1.71%
20 Federal Heights 12,173 1.7%
21 Westminster 111,770 1.63%
22 Northglenn 38,128 1.61%
23 Golden 20,268 1.53%
24 Cherry Hills Village 6,414 1.5%
25 Thornton 130,511 1.42%
26 Parker 48,442 1.39%
27 Fort Collins 157,251 1.33%
28 Vail 5,363 1.32%
29 Lakewood 149,793 1.26%
30 Castle Rock 53,789 1.25%
31 Longmont 90,719 1.17%
32 Steamboat Springs 12,336 1.14%
33 Boulder 105,420 1.08%
34 Edgewater 5,278 1.06%
35 Superior 12,928 1.05%
36 Greenwood Village 15,208 0.95%
37 Broomfield 62,449 0.93%
38 Arvada 113,532 0.88%
39 Grand Junction 60,630 0.87%
40 Woodland Park 7,180 0.74%
41 Firestone 11,709 0.73%
42 Gunnison 6,086 0.72%
43 Lamar 7,662 0.69%
44 Craig 8,913 0.64%
45 Durango 17,817 0.6%
46 Carbondale 6,571 0.56%
47 Wheat Ridge 31,044 0.53%
48 Delta 8,813 0.51%
49 Glenwood Springs 9,806 0.5%
50 Trinidad 8,280 0.46%
51 Windsor 21,154 0.45%
52 Rifle 9,488 0.44%
53 Erie 20,801 0.44%
54 Fort Lupton 7,814 0.44%
55 Loveland 73,360 0.41%
56 Frederick 10,791 0.37%
57 Brush 5,458 0.33%
58 Montrose 19,016 0.33%
59 La Junta 6,978 0.32%
60 Lafayette 27,053 0.3%
61 Salida 5,430 0.29%
62 Evans 20,767 0.23%
63 John 14,379 0.15%
64 Fruita 12,790 0.14%
65 Berthoud 5,766 0.12%
66 Eagle 6,603 0.11%
67 Cortez 8,683 0.01%
68 Louisville 19,972 0.01%
69 Wellington 7,409 0.0%
70 Estes Park 6,230 0.0%
71 Gypsum 6,729 0.0%
72 Milliken 6,157 0.0%

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