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 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

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

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.

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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.

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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%

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%

3. Leavenworth

Leavenworth, Kansas

Population: 35,948
% African American: 14.42%
# Of African American Residents: 5,184
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.39%

4. Wichita

Wichita, Kansas

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Population: 388,033
% African American: 11.0%
# Of African American Residents: 42,679
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.88%

5. Lansing

Lansing, Kansas

Population: 11,706
% African American: 10.76%
# Of African American Residents: 1,260
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.44%

6. Coffeyville

Coffeyville, Kansas

Population: 9,796
% African American: 10.44%
# Of African American Residents: 1,023
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.39%

7. Topeka

Topeka, Kansas

Population: 127,472
% African American: 9.57%
# Of African American Residents: 12,198
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.87%

8. Bonner Springs

Bonner Springs, Kansas

Population: 7,567
% African American: 9.12%
# Of African American Residents: 690
Percent Change Since 2010: 156.51%

9. Bel Aire


Population: 7,214
% African American: 9.08%
# Of African American Residents: 655
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.24%

10. Merriam


Population: 11,248
% African American: 7.95%
# Of African American Residents: 894
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.71%

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

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Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Kansas

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

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