The 10 Colorado Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 224,190 - 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 2022:

  1. Aurora
  2. Fountain
  3. Denver
  4. Fort Morgan
  5. Colorado Springs
  6. Sheridan
  7. Lone Tree
  8. Commerce City
  9. Brighton
  10. Northglenn

What's the blackest city in Colorado? Aurora took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Colorado 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 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Colorado For 2022

1. Aurora

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 379,434
% African American: 16.13%
# Of African American Residents: 61,215
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.35%
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Aurora, CO

2. Fountain

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8
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Population: 30,240
% African American: 9.53%
# Of African American Residents: 2,881
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.16%
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Fountain, CO

3. Denver

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 715,878
% African American: 8.82%
# Of African American Residents: 63,132
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.44%
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Denver, CO

4. Fort Morgan

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6
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Population: 11,311
% African American: 7.77%
# Of African American Residents: 879
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.77%
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Fort Morgan, CO

5. Colorado Springs

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 471,686
% African American: 5.91%
# Of African American Residents: 27,900
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.63%
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Colorado Springs, CO

6. Sheridan

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 6,072
% African American: 5.62%
# Of African American Residents: 341
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.49%
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Sheridan, CO

7. Lone Tree

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,381
% African American: 3.68%
# Of African American Residents: 493
Percent Change Since 2010: 344.14%
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Lone Tree, CO

8. Commerce City

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 55,891
% African American: 3.23%
# Of African American Residents: 1,803
Percent Change Since 2010: 94.71%
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Commerce City, CO

9. Brighton

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 38,355
% African American: 2.72%
# Of African American Residents: 1,042
Percent Change Since 2010: 224.61%
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Brighton, CO

10. Northglenn

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 39,201
% African American: 2.63%
# Of African American Residents: 1,030
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.4%
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Northglenn, CO

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Colorado 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 Colorado.

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 71 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 16.1% 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 Firestone was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

Summary: 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. Firestone
  2. Gypsum
  3. Berthoud

For more Colorado reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Colorado

Rank City % African American Population
1 Aurora 16.13% 379,434
2 Fountain 9.53% 30,240
3 Denver 8.82% 715,878
4 Fort Morgan 7.77% 11,311
5 Colorado Springs 5.91% 471,686
6 Sheridan 5.62% 6,072
7 Lone Tree 3.68% 13,381
8 Commerce City 3.23% 55,891
9 Brighton 2.72% 38,355
10 Northglenn 2.63% 39,201
11 Centennial 2.41% 111,331
12 Greeley 2.37% 107,445
13 Sterling 2.26% 14,421
14 Englewood 2.22% 34,840
15 Thornton 2.1% 144,186
16 Pueblo 2.02% 111,776
17 Avon 1.98% 6,711
18 Golden 1.91% 20,391
19 Evans 1.83% 22,128
20 La Junta 1.74% 6,907
21 Edgewater 1.57% 5,410
22 Steamboat Springs 1.56% 13,048
23 Westminster 1.54% 114,832
24 Wellington 1.53% 8,651
25 Fort Collins 1.42% 166,069
26 Parker 1.41% 55,460
27 Littleton 1.35% 46,208
28 Lakewood 1.34% 155,733
29 Glenwood Springs 1.28% 10,048
30 Lamar 1.25% 7,598
31 Broomfield 1.25% 69,444
32 Cortez 1.17% 8,729
33 Greenwood Village 1.11% 15,100
34 Longmont 1.01% 95,864
35 Fruita 1.01% 14,068
36 Boulder 0.98% 108,777
37 Carbondale 0.98% 6,658
38 Arvada 0.94% 120,229
39 Aspen 0.88% 7,721
40 Fort Lupton 0.77% 8,600
41 Grand Junction 0.73% 62,218
42 Woodland Park 0.72% 7,943
43 Wheat Ridge 0.7% 31,889
44 Castle Rock 0.66% 65,176
45 Lafayette 0.63% 27,952
46 Superior 0.6% 13,292
47 Louisville 0.59% 19,342
48 Loveland 0.54% 81,774
49 Frederick 0.5% 10,414
50 Durango 0.46% 19,413
51 Gunnison 0.41% 6,653
52 Craig 0.4% 8,978
53 Windsor 0.37% 23,679
54 John 0.36% 14,357
55 Alamosa 0.34% 9,360
56 Delta 0.34% 8,893
57 Federal Heights 0.31% 13,537
58 Erie 0.18% 27,157
59 Vail 0.14% 5,614
60 Milliken 0.14% 7,862
61 Rifle 0.13% 9,771
62 Montrose 0.11% 19,396
63 Salida 0.11% 5,543
64 Eagle 0.1% 6,896
65 Cherry Hills Village 0.0% 6,680
66 Estes Park 0.0% 6,504
67 Trinidad 0.0% 8,076
68 Brush 0.0% 5,408
69 Berthoud 0.0% 8,574
70 Gypsum 0.0% 7,049
71 Firestone 0.0% 13,165

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

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