The 10 Minnesota Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Minnesota have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Minnesota with the largest African American population.

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 minnesota is 349,808 - at 6.3% of the total population of minnesota.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in minnesota with the largest African American population in 2021:

  1. Brooklyn Center
  2. Brooklyn Park
  3. New Hope
  4. Waite Park
  5. Hopkins
  6. Minneapolis
  7. Columbia Heights
  8. Crystal
  9. St. Paul
  10. Fridley

What's the blackest city in Minnesota? Brooklyn Center took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in minnesota for 2021. 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 minnesota 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 minnesota or the most diverse places in minnesota.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Minnesota For 2021

1. Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,849
% African American: 28.86%
# Of African American Residents: 8,903
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.51%
More on Brooklyn Center: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 80,068
% African American: 28.42%
# Of African American Residents: 22,756
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.45%
More on Brooklyn Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. New Hope

New Hope, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,925
% African American: 22.3%
# Of African American Residents: 4,666
Percent Change Since 2010: 144.42%
More on New Hope: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Waite Park

Waite Park, MN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,692
% African American: 20.15%
# Of African American Residents: 1,550
Percent Change Since 2010: 364.07%
More on Waite Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Hopkins

Hopkins, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,382
% African American: 19.12%
# Of African American Residents: 3,515
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.09%
More on Hopkins: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 420,324
% African American: 18.9%
# Of African American Residents: 79,434
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.86%
More on Minneapolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,118
% African American: 17.92%
# Of African American Residents: 3,605
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.16%
More on Columbia Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Crystal

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,975
% African American: 16.76%
# Of African American Residents: 3,850
Percent Change Since 2010: 156.5%
More on Crystal: Real Estate | Data

9. St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 304,547
% African American: 15.81%
# Of African American Residents: 48,134
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.09%
More on St. Paul: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Fridley

Fridley, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,668
% African American: 15.73%
# Of African American Residents: 4,353
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.63%
More on Fridley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In minnesota With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 minnesota.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 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 138 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 28.9% 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. Brooklyn Center took the distinction of being the most Black, while Wyoming was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in minnesota 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 Minnesota

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Minnesota:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Minnetrista
  3. Stewartville

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brooklyn Center 28.86% 30,849
2 Brooklyn Park 28.42% 80,068
3 New Hope 22.3% 20,925
4 Waite Park 20.15% 7,692
5 Hopkins 19.12% 18,382
6 Minneapolis 18.9% 420,324
7 Columbia Heights 17.92% 20,118
8 Crystal 16.76% 22,975
9 St. Paul 15.81% 304,547
10 Fridley 15.73% 27,668
11 St. Cloud 14.56% 68,001
12 Faribault 13.7% 23,800
13 Burnsville 13.53% 61,311
14 Little Canada 12.18% 10,451
15 New Brighton 11.93% 22,556
16 Willmar 11.09% 19,712
17 Robbinsdale 10.93% 14,468
18 Richfield 10.8% 36,063
19 Champlin 10.6% 24,755
20 Eagan 9.88% 66,379
21 Maplewood 9.72% 40,545
22 Bloomington 9.42% 85,332
23 Oakdale 9.4% 27,963
24 Falcon Heights 8.94% 5,571
25 North St. Paul 8.64% 12,406
26 Apple Valley 8.63% 52,889
27 Roseville 8.27% 36,026
28 Coon Rapids 7.99% 62,517
29 Eden Prairie 7.96% 64,179
30 Rochester 7.91% 115,557
31 Spring Lake Park 7.82% 6,535
32 Savage 7.67% 31,254
33 St. Anthony 7.58% 9,038
34 Shakopee 7.56% 40,731
35 Anoka 7.17% 17,471
36 St. Louis Park 6.71% 48,677
37 Vadnais Heights 6.69% 13,444
38 Worthington 6.36% 13,105
39 Austin 6.06% 25,114
40 Woodbury 6.05% 69,906
41 Mounds View 5.98% 13,094
42 Marshall 5.97% 13,651
43 Blaine 5.81% 64,114
44 Plymouth 5.66% 78,134
45 Mankato 5.58% 42,093
46 Maple Grove 5.58% 70,627
47 Minnetonka 5.23% 53,025
48 Moorhead 5.1% 42,939
49 Cottage Grove 4.84% 36,602
50 Mahtomedi 4.69% 8,164
51 West St. Paul 4.63% 19,779
52 St. Joseph 4.55% 7,030
53 East Grand Forks 4.37% 8,604
54 Golden Valley 4.27% 21,566
55 Owatonna 4.25% 25,685
56 North Mankato 4.07% 13,778
57 St. Michael 3.97% 17,586
58 Rosemount 3.77% 24,292
59 Waseca 3.7% 8,988
60 Elk River 3.67% 24,522
61 Andover 3.55% 32,733
62 Inver Grove Heights 3.53% 35,320
63 Hermantown 3.36% 9,604
64 Albertville 3.23% 7,436
65 St. Peter 3.17% 11,854
66 Chaska 3.13% 26,371
67 South St. Paul 3.05% 20,194
68 Jordan 3.02% 6,230
69 Red Wing 2.77% 16,338
70 Brainerd 2.74% 13,373
71 Ramsey 2.73% 26,638
72 Hibbing 2.62% 16,014
73 Edina 2.6% 51,746
74 White Bear Lake 2.59% 25,673
75 Crookston 2.58% 7,756
76 Stillwater 2.57% 19,341
77 Lakeville 2.4% 63,915
78 Big Lake 2.35% 10,856
79 Morris 2.31% 5,334
80 Shoreview 2.27% 26,791
81 Duluth 2.24% 85,915
82 Sartell 2.23% 18,005
83 Winona 2.13% 26,854
84 Fergus Falls 2.0% 13,707
85 Lino Lakes 1.99% 21,404
86 Northfield 1.99% 20,347
87 Lake Elmo 1.95% 8,969
88 Otsego 1.92% 16,763
89 Little Falls 1.77% 8,664
90 Belle Plaine 1.76% 7,093
91 Lake City 1.73% 5,261
92 Forest Lake 1.67% 20,004
93 Thief River Falls 1.63% 8,790
94 Chanhassen 1.63% 25,657
95 Farmington 1.6% 22,869
96 Montevideo 1.57% 5,108
97 Cloquet 1.49% 12,005
98 Albert Lea 1.47% 17,773
99 Hastings 1.42% 22,738
100 St. Francis 1.41% 7,652

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