The 10 Colorado Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Colorado 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 colorado is 221,526 - 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 2021:

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

What's the blackest city in Colorado? Aurora took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in colorado 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 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 2021

1. Aurora

Aurora, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 369,111
% African American: 15.94%
# Of African American Residents: 58,835
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.24%
More on Aurora: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Denver

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 705,576
% African American: 8.89%
# Of African American Residents: 62,754
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.79%
More on Denver: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Fountain

Fountain, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 29,784
% African American: 8.23%
# Of African American Residents: 2,450
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.04%
More on Fountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,377
% African American: 7.74%
# Of African American Residents: 881
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.1%
More on Fort Morgan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 464,871
% African American: 6.08%
# Of African American Residents: 28,269
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.22%
More on Colorado Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Commerce City

Commerce City, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 56,448
% African American: 4.18%
# Of African American Residents: 2,357
Percent Change Since 2010: 154.54%
More on Commerce City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Lone Tree

Lone Tree, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,923
% African American: 4.02%
# Of African American Residents: 520
Percent Change Since 2010: 368.47%
More on Lone Tree: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Sheridan

Sheridan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,089
% African American: 3.3%
# Of African American Residents: 201
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.6%
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Avon

Avon, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,539
% African American: 3.04%
# Of African American Residents: 199
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Avon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Centennial

Centennial, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 110,218
% African American: 2.87%
# Of African American Residents: 3,165
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.39%
More on Centennial: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In colorado 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 colorado.

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 71 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 15.9% 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 Gypsum 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.

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. Gypsum
  2. Berthoud
  3. Brush

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Colorado

Rank City % African American Population
1 Aurora 15.94% 369,111
2 Denver 8.89% 705,576
3 Fountain 8.23% 29,784
4 Fort Morgan 7.74% 11,377
5 Colorado Springs 6.08% 464,871
6 Commerce City 4.18% 56,448
7 Lone Tree 4.02% 12,923
8 Sheridan 3.3% 6,089
9 Avon 3.04% 6,539
10 Centennial 2.87% 110,218
11 Edgewater 2.63% 5,328
12 Englewood 2.5% 34,259
13 Greeley 2.32% 105,888
14 Northglenn 1.99% 38,973
15 Greenwood Village 1.98% 15,738
16 Thornton 1.97% 136,868
17 Pueblo 1.89% 110,841
18 Golden 1.78% 20,693
19 Westminster 1.7% 112,962
20 Littleton 1.65% 47,989
21 Brighton 1.65% 39,836
22 Steamboat Springs 1.52% 12,928
23 Parker 1.47% 54,352
24 Fort Collins 1.45% 165,609
25 Sterling 1.28% 14,478
26 Evans 1.28% 20,533
27 Lakewood 1.24% 155,146
28 Lamar 1.23% 7,564
29 Arvada 1.2% 118,746
30 Federal Heights 1.16% 12,745
31 Broomfield 1.14% 67,886
32 Boulder 1.11% 106,392
33 La Junta 1.1% 6,893
34 Longmont 1.06% 94,445
35 Craig 1.06% 8,928
36 Castle Rock 1.01% 62,417
37 Carbondale 1.0% 6,785
38 Wheat Ridge 0.99% 31,331
39 Wellington 0.98% 9,272
40 Glenwood Springs 0.91% 9,915
41 Grand Junction 0.88% 62,062
42 Fort Lupton 0.82% 8,133
43 Gunnison 0.8% 6,403
44 Woodland Park 0.79% 7,555
45 Lafayette 0.64% 28,742
46 Alamosa 0.6% 9,441
47 Vail 0.55% 5,479
48 Loveland 0.53% 76,972
49 Aspen 0.48% 7,431
50 Cortez 0.47% 8,675
51 Frederick 0.45% 12,767
52 Durango 0.42% 18,588
53 Superior 0.39% 13,077
54 Windsor 0.38% 26,806
55 John 0.38% 14,910
56 Delta 0.35% 8,829
57 Louisville 0.34% 20,860
58 Cherry Hills Village 0.26% 6,647
59 Erie 0.17% 24,223
60 Milliken 0.15% 7,185
61 Trinidad 0.14% 8,080
62 Rifle 0.1% 9,650
63 Eagle 0.1% 6,856
64 Salida 0.09% 5,791
65 Montrose 0.08% 19,238
66 Firestone 0.06% 14,033
67 Fruita 0.0% 13,236
68 Estes Park 0.0% 6,377
69 Brush 0.0% 5,395
70 Berthoud 0.0% 7,191
71 Gypsum 0.0% 7,173

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