These Are The 10 Kansas Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kansas 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 Kansas is 163,121 – at 5.6% of the total population of Kansas.

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 Kansas? Which cities and towns in Kansas have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Kansas with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Kansas City (Photos)
  2. Junction City (Photos)
  3. Leavenworth (Photos)
  4. Wichita (Photos)
  5. Lansing (Photos)
  6. Coffeyville (Photos)
  7. Topeka (Photos)
  8. Bonner Springs (Photos)
  9. Bel Aire
  10. Merriam (Photos)

Kansas City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Kansas for 2018. 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 Kansas 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 Kansas or the most diverse places in Kansas.

How We Determined The Cities In Kansas 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 Kansas.

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 58 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 24.5% 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. Kansas City took the distinction of being the most Black, while Mulvane was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Kansas 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.

1. Kansas City

Kansas City, Kansas

Population: 149,755
% African American: 24.53%
# Of African American Residents: 36,733
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.06%
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Kansas City is the third-largest city in the state of Kansas, the county seat of Wyandotte County, and the third-largest city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City, Kansas is abbreviated as “KCK” to differentiate it from Kansas City, Missouri. It is part of a consolidated city-county government known as the “Unified Government”. Wyandotte County also includes the independent cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 145,786 residents. It is situated at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.

2. Junction City

Junction City, Kansas

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,016
% African American: 18.72%
# Of African American Residents: 4,682
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.55%
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Junction City is a city and county seat of Geary County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 23,353. Fort Riley, a major U.S. Army post, is nearby.

3. Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Kansas

Population: 35,948
% African American: 14.42%
# Of African American Residents: 5,184
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.39%
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Leavenworth is the largest city in and the county seat of Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 35,251. Located on the west bank of the Missouri River 25mi northwest of Kansas City, Missouri, it is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

4. Wichita

Wichita, Kansas

Source: Public domain

Population: 388,033
% African American: 11.0%
# Of African American Residents: 42,679
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.88%
More on Wichita: Data | Jobs

Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area whose estimated population in 2015 was 644,610. As of 2016, the city of Wichita had an estimated population of 389,902.

5. Lansing

Lansing, Kansas

Population: 11,706
% African American: 10.76%
# Of African American Residents: 1,260
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.44%
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Lansing is a city situated along the Missouri River in the eastern part of Leavenworth County, located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,265. It is the second most populous city of Leavenworth County and is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

6. Coffeyville

Coffeyville, Kansas

Population: 9,796
% African American: 10.44%
# Of African American Residents: 1,023
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.39%
More on Coffeyville: Data | Jobs

Coffeyville is a city in southeastern Montgomery County, Kansas, United States, located along the Verdigris River in the state’s southeastern region. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,295. It is the most populous city of Montgomery County and with its southeast Kansas location is located in the Tulsa, Oklahoma media market. The town of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma is located approximately 1 mile south of the city, existing as a separate political entity immediately south of the state line.

7. Topeka

Topeka, Kansas

Population: 127,472
% African American: 9.57%
# Of African American Residents: 12,198
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.87%
More on Topeka: Data | Jobs

Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. It is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 127,473. The Topeka Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties, had a population of 233,870 in the 2010 census.

8. Bonner Springs

Bonner Springs, Kansas

Population: 7,567
% African American: 9.12%
# Of African American Residents: 690
Percent Change Since 2010: 156.51%
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Bonner Springs is a city in Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties in the State of Kansas, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,314.

9. Bel Aire


Population: 7,214
% African American: 9.08%
# Of African American Residents: 655
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.24%
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Bel Aire is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,769.

10. Merriam

Merriam, Kansas

Population: 11,248
% African American: 7.95%
# Of African American Residents: 894
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.71%
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Merriam is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,003. It is bordered by the cities of Overland Park to the east and south, Shawnee to the west, and Kansas City, Kansas to the north ; the city of Lenexa is less than a mile to the southwest. Merriam is included in the Shawnee Mission postal designation.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Kansas

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Kansas according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Kansas:

  1. Mulvane
  2. Ulysses
  3. Haysville

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Kansas

Rank City Population % African American
1 Kansas City 149,755 24.53%
2 Junction City 25,016 18.72%
3 Leavenworth 35,948 14.42%
4 Wichita 388,033 11.0%
5 Lansing 11,706 10.76%
6 Coffeyville 9,796 10.44%
7 Topeka 127,472 9.57%
8 Bonner Springs 7,567 9.12%
9 Bel Aire 7,214 9.08%
10 Merriam 11,248 7.95%
11 De Soto 5,982 7.72%
12 Independence 9,084 7.41%
13 Mission 9,490 7.41%
14 Parsons 10,111 5.58%
15 Manhattan 55,909 5.29%
16 Atchison 10,798 5.21%
17 Fort Scott 7,852 5.09%
18 Park City 7,273 5.06%
19 Eudora 6,116 4.99%
20 Olathe 132,787 4.89%
21 Overland Park 183,775 4.85%
22 Lenexa 51,206 4.83%
23 Gardner 20,667 4.69%
24 Shawnee 64,444 4.63%
25 Liberal 20,709 4.51%
26 Roeland Park 6,816 4.34%
27 Lawrence 92,611 4.2%
28 Winfield 12,283 4.17%
29 Pittsburg 20,399 4.04%
30 Hutchinson 41,661 3.92%
31 Iola 5,560 3.87%
32 Derby 23,847 3.77%
33 Salina 47,676 3.55%
34 Emporia 24,707 2.94%
35 Dodge City 27,875 2.79%
36 Garden City 26,916 2.69%
37 Arkansas City 12,198 2.69%
38 Paola 5,583 2.45%
39 Ottawa 12,433 2.15%
40 Newton 19,103 2.14%
41 Wellington 7,950 1.92%
42 Andover 12,477 1.75%
43 Valley Center 6,420 1.7%
44 Colby 5,460 1.63%
45 El Dorado 13,102 1.5%
46 Hays 21,073 1.41%
47 Mcpherson 13,212 1.41%
48 Great Bend 15,741 1.35%
49 Concordia 5,273 1.35%
50 Leawood 33,763 1.21%
51 Chanute 9,216 1.18%
52 Augusta 9,262 1.1%
53 Prairie Village 21,824 1.04%
54 Abilene 6,598 0.88%
55 Pratt 6,879 0.61%
56 Haysville 11,393 0.28%
57 Ulysses 5,768 0.0%
58 Mulvane 5,461 0.0%

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