These Are The 10 Colorado Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Colorado with 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 2019:

  1. Aurora (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Denver (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Fountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Fort Morgan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Colorado Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Commerce City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Avon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Sheridan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Centennial (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Alamosa (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Aurora took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Colorado for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 15.3% 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 Estes Park 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.

Aurora, CO

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Population: 357,323
% African American: 15.26%
# Of African American Residents: 54,510
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.96%
More on Aurora: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Denver, CO

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8
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Population: 678,467
% African American: 9.16%
# Of African American Residents: 62,166
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.78%
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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.

Fountain, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 28,799
% African American: 8.8%
# Of African American Residents: 2,535
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.2%
More on Fountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fort Morgan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 11,251
% African American: 6.01%
# Of African American Residents: 676
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.11%
More on Fort Morgan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Colorado Springs, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 450,000
% African American: 5.98%
# Of African American Residents: 26,929
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.47%
More on Colorado Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Commerce City, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 52,905
% African American: 3.91%
# Of African American Residents: 2,068
Percent Change Since 2010: 123.33%
More on Commerce City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Avon, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 6,503
% African American: 3.17%
# Of African American Residents: 206
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Avon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sheridan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 6,018
% African American: 2.66%
# Of African American Residents: 160
Percent Change Since 2010: -33.61%
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Centennial, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 108,448
% African American: 2.55%
# Of African American Residents: 2,769
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.67%
More on Centennial: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Centennial is a Home Rule Municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 100,377 at the 2010 United States Census. Centennial is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Centennial is the tenth most populous municipality in the state of Colorado and its 2001 city incorporation was the largest in U.S. history. Centennial is ranked as the 15th-safest city in the country.

Alamosa, CO

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6
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Population: 9,675
% African American: 2.48%
# Of African American Residents: 240
Percent Change Since 2010: 258.21%
More on Alamosa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

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. Estes Park
  2. Gypsum
  3. Cortez

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Colorado

Rank City % African American Population
1 Aurora 15.26% 357,323
2 Denver 9.16% 678,467
3 Fountain 8.8% 28,799
4 Fort Morgan 6.01% 11,251
5 Colorado Springs 5.98% 450,000
6 Commerce City 3.91% 52,905
7 Avon 3.17% 6,503
8 Sheridan 2.66% 6,018
9 Centennial 2.55% 108,448
10 Alamosa 2.48% 9,675
11 Littleton 2.25% 45,848
12 Englewood 2.24% 33,155
13 Pueblo 2.06% 109,122
14 Greeley 2.0% 100,760
15 Greenwood Village 1.95% 15,397
16 Aspen 1.89% 7,097
17 Northglenn 1.74% 38,473
18 Vail 1.66% 5,425
19 Westminster 1.61% 111,895
20 Thornton 1.58% 132,310
21 Parker 1.57% 51,125
22 Golden 1.56% 20,365
23 Lone Tree 1.56% 13,430
24 Sterling 1.55% 13,961
25 Brighton 1.52% 38,016
26 Fort Collins 1.44% 159,150
27 Federal Heights 1.29% 12,449
28 Lakewood 1.28% 151,411
29 CaƱon City 1.23% 16,298
30 Castle Rock 1.21% 57,274
31 Steamboat Springs 1.13% 12,520
32 La Junta 1.07% 6,900
33 Broomfield 1.04% 64,283
34 Edgewater 1.04% 5,299
35 Boulder 1.03% 106,271
36 Superior 1.0% 12,879
37 Craig 0.99% 8,903
38 Fort Lupton 0.97% 7,829
39 Grand Junction 0.96% 60,882
40 Longmont 0.93% 91,730
41 Arvada 0.92% 115,320
42 Evans 0.82% 19,967
43 Frederick 0.82% 11,397
44 Wheat Ridge 0.71% 31,162
45 Lamar 0.6% 7,627
46 Cherry Hills Village 0.58% 6,542
47 Windsor 0.56% 23,386
48 Durango 0.56% 17,986
49 Rifle 0.54% 9,526
50 Lafayette 0.52% 27,440
51 Brush 0.5% 5,406
52 Carbondale 0.48% 6,632
53 Firestone 0.47% 12,282
54 Delta 0.45% 8,739
55 Loveland 0.4% 74,125
56 John 0.38% 14,386
57 Gunnison 0.34% 6,250
58 Montrose 0.3% 18,918
59 Erie 0.29% 22,019
60 Woodland Park 0.25% 7,287
61 Trinidad 0.24% 8,054
62 Wellington 0.23% 7,941
63 Salida 0.22% 5,565
64 Glenwood Springs 0.21% 9,850
65 Louisville 0.19% 20,319
66 Fruita 0.18% 13,039
67 Milliken 0.11% 6,362
68 Berthoud 0.05% 6,018
69 Eagle 0.04% 6,711
70 Cortez 0.03% 8,579
71 Gypsum 0.0% 6,926
72 Estes Park 0.0% 6,248

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