Colorado Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 216,732 – 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Colorado? Aurora took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Colorado for 2020. 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 2020

Aurora, CO

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Population: 363,550
% African American: 15.42%
# Of African American Residents: 56,073
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.31%
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.

Fountain, CO

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8
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Population: 29,339
% African American: 9.77%
# Of African American Residents: 2,866
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.42%
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.

Denver, CO

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8
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Population: 693,417
% African American: 9.03%
# Of African American Residents: 62,617
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.56%
More on Denver: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fort Morgan, CO

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7
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Population: 11,309
% African American: 6.67%
# Of African American Residents: 754
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.04%
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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

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8
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Population: 457,502
% African American: 5.86%
# Of African American Residents: 26,815
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.98%
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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.

Avon, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 6,529
% African American: 5.65%
# Of African American Residents: 369
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Commerce City, CO

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7
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Population: 54,795
% African American: 4.02%
# Of African American Residents: 2,203
Percent Change Since 2010: 137.9%
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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.

Centennial, CO

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7.5
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Population: 109,505
% African American: 2.56%
# Of African American Residents: 2,805
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.39%
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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.

Greenwood Village, CO

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9
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Population: 15,677
% African American: 2.45%
# Of African American Residents: 384
Percent Change Since 2010: 652.94%
More on Greenwood Village: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Greenwood Village is a Home Rule Municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2010, the city has a total population of 13,925.

Lone Tree, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 14,209
% African American: 2.42%
# Of African American Residents: 344
Percent Change Since 2010: 209.91%
More on Lone Tree: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Colorado With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 15.4% 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 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. Estes Park
  3. Berthoud

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Colorado

Rank City % African American Population
1 Aurora 15.42% 363,550
2 Fountain 9.77% 29,339
3 Denver 9.03% 693,417
4 Fort Morgan 6.67% 11,309
5 Colorado Springs 5.86% 457,502
6 Avon 5.65% 6,529
7 Commerce City 4.02% 54,795
8 Centennial 2.56% 109,505
9 Greenwood Village 2.45% 15,677
10 Lone Tree 2.42% 14,209
11 Aspen 2.41% 7,234
12 Englewood 2.35% 33,820
13 La Junta 2.3% 6,914
14 Sheridan 2.26% 6,056
15 Edgewater 2.25% 5,334
16 Greeley 2.19% 103,773
17 Pueblo 2.16% 109,985
18 Littleton 2.09% 47,035
19 Westminster 1.91% 112,747
20 Parker 1.82% 52,563
21 Northglenn 1.78% 38,918
22 Lamar 1.72% 7,606
23 Brighton 1.69% 39,054
24 Thornton 1.61% 134,588
25 Fort Collins 1.44% 162,511
26 Golden 1.39% 20,798
27 Federal Heights 1.32% 12,645
28 Sterling 1.28% 13,775
29 Lakewood 1.26% 153,522
30 Arvada 1.25% 117,251
31 Steamboat Springs 1.23% 12,777
32 Alamosa 1.19% 9,780
33 Broomfield 1.11% 66,120
34 Boulder 1.07% 107,360
35 Castle Rock 1.06% 59,680
36 Carbondale 1.0% 6,712
37 Evans 0.95% 20,393
38 Longmont 0.92% 93,244
39 Craig 0.87% 8,888
40 Grand Junction 0.85% 61,479
41 Fort Lupton 0.8% 8,022
42 Wheat Ridge 0.78% 31,323
43 Gunnison 0.74% 6,322
44 Frederick 0.71% 12,138
45 Wellington 0.7% 8,571
46 Woodland Park 0.69% 7,421
47 Lafayette 0.67% 28,002
48 Superior 0.65% 13,014
49 Durango 0.54% 18,321
50 Brush 0.54% 5,386
51 Cherry Hills Village 0.53% 6,600
52 Loveland 0.46% 75,395
53 Vail 0.4% 5,469
54 Windsor 0.4% 25,232
55 John 0.38% 14,278
56 Delta 0.35% 8,768
57 Rifle 0.33% 9,600
58 Louisville 0.31% 20,705
59 Montrose 0.27% 19,096
60 Erie 0.21% 22,965
61 Salida 0.19% 5,642
62 Trinidad 0.17% 8,043
63 Glenwood Springs 0.16% 9,894
64 Fruita 0.14% 13,145
65 Cortez 0.12% 8,637
66 Milliken 0.09% 6,773
67 Eagle 0.09% 6,816
68 Firestone 0.08% 13,109
69 Berthoud 0.05% 6,518
70 Estes Park 0.0% 6,297
71 Gypsum 0.0% 7,079

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