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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Kansas 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 Kansas 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 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 2019:

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

Kansas City took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Kansas 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 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 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 Kansas.

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 58 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 23.7% 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 Ulysses 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.

Kansas City, KS

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/10

Population: 151,042
% African American: 23.72%
# Of African American Residents: 35,820
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.34%
More on Kansas City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Junction City, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 24,336
% African American: 19.05%
# Of African American Residents: 4,637
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.46%
More on Junction City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Leavenworth, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 35,958
% African American: 13.81%
# Of African American Residents: 4,965
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.55%
More on Leavenworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Lansing, KS

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7.5
/10

Population: 11,771
% African American: 10.97%
# Of African American Residents: 1,291
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.26%
More on Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Wichita, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 389,054
% African American: 10.92%
# Of African American Residents: 42,485
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.41%
More on Wichita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bonner Springs, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 7,644
% African American: 10.52%
# Of African American Residents: 804
Percent Change Since 2010: 198.88%
More on Bonner Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Topeka, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 127,139
% African American: 10.01%
# Of African American Residents: 12,732
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.1%
More on Topeka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Coffeyville, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 9,706
% African American: 9.83%
# Of African American Residents: 954
Percent Change Since 2010: -24.82%
More on Coffeyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Merriam, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 11,259
% African American: 8.36%
# Of African American Residents: 941
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.85%
More on Merriam: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
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Population: 7,422
% African American: 7.94%
# Of African American Residents: 589
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.96%
More on Bel Aire: Real Estate | Data

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.

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. Ulysses
  2. Mulvane
  3. Haysville

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Kansas

Rank City % African American Population
1 Kansas City 23.72% 151,042
2 Junction City 19.05% 24,336
3 Leavenworth 13.81% 35,958
4 Lansing 10.97% 11,771
5 Wichita 10.92% 389,054
6 Bonner Springs 10.52% 7,644
7 Topeka 10.01% 127,139
8 Coffeyville 9.83% 9,706
9 Merriam 8.36% 11,259
10 Bel Aire 7.94% 7,422
11 Mission 7.71% 9,445
12 Parsons 6.57% 9,964
13 Independence 6.5% 8,983
14 De Soto 6.31% 6,042
15 Eudora 6.17% 6,272
16 Park City 6.1% 7,512
17 Olathe 5.41% 134,368
18 Lenexa 5.31% 52,030
19 Manhattan 5.26% 55,427
20 Liberal 5.01% 20,607
21 Overland Park 4.94% 186,147
22 Fort Scott 4.7% 7,822
23 Shawnee 4.58% 64,840
24 Pittsburg 4.39% 20,278
25 Lawrence 4.38% 93,954
26 Roeland Park 4.35% 6,810
27 Atchison 4.13% 10,727
28 Hutchinson 3.84% 41,316
29 Winfield 3.83% 12,180
30 Gardner 3.52% 21,059
31 Salina 3.4% 47,513
32 Arkansas City 3.17% 12,055
33 Iola 2.78% 5,459
34 Dodge City 2.77% 27,961
35 Garden City 2.77% 26,900
36 Emporia 2.74% 24,636
37 Newton 2.51% 18,972
38 Derby 2.42% 23,712
39 Paola 2.35% 5,583
40 Ottawa 2.05% 12,321
41 Colby 2.03% 5,365
42 Wellington 1.85% 7,878
43 El Dorado 1.65% 13,003
44 Chanute 1.59% 9,146
45 Andover 1.36% 12,661
46 Concordia 1.23% 5,198
47 Mcpherson 1.23% 13,089
48 Valley Center 1.18% 6,507
49 Great Bend 1.14% 15,686
50 Hays 1.1% 20,938
51 Leawood 1.06% 34,195
52 Abilene 0.72% 6,487
53 Prairie Village 0.63% 21,932
54 Augusta 0.58% 9,339
55 Pratt 0.38% 6,841
56 Haysville 0.37% 11,489
57 Mulvane 0.0% 5,413
58 Ulysses 0.0% 5,892

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