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 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.

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.

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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.

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1. Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Population: 351,131
% African American: 15.4%
# Of African American Residents: 54,067
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.01%

2. Fountain

Fountain, Colorado

Population: 27,817
% African American: 10.81%
# Of African American Residents: 3,006
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.28%

3. Denver

Denver, Colorado

Population: 663,303
% African American: 9.4%
# Of African American Residents: 62,320
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.05%

4. Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan, Colorado

Population: 11,346
% African American: 6.03%
# Of African American Residents: 684
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.43%

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%

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%

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%

8. Avon

Avon, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,444
% African American: 2.78%
# Of African American Residents: 179
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%

9. Alamosa

Alamosa, Colorado

Population: 9,671
% African American: 2.49%
# Of African American Residents: 241
Percent Change Since 2010: 259.7%

10. Aspen

Aspen, Colorado

Population: 6,788
% African American: 2.45%
# Of African American Residents: 166
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Colorado

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

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