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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota is 305,403 – at 5.6% 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 2018:

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

Brooklyn Center took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Minnesota 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 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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 139 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 28.2% 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.

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.

1. Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Population: 30,785
% African American: 28.21%
# Of African American Residents: 8,683
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.76%
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Brooklyn Center is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The city is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River on the northwest border of Minneapolis. The population was 30,104 at the 2010 census.

2. Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Source: Public domain

Population: 78,823
% African American: 26.3%
# Of African American Residents: 20,729
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.01%
More on Brooklyn Park: Data | Jobs

Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, upstream from downtown Minneapolis in northern Hennepin County. Brooklyn Park is a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

3. New Hope

New Hope, Minnesota

Population: 20,819
% African American: 20.26%
# Of African American Residents: 4,218
Percent Change Since 2010: 120.95%
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New Hope is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States and a suburb of Minneapolis. The population was 20,339 at the 2010 census and 21,032 at the 2015 estimate.

4. Hopkins

Hopkins, Minnesota

Population: 18,077
% African American: 20.05%
# Of African American Residents: 3,624
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.62%
More on Hopkins: Data | Jobs

Hopkins is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, located west of Minneapolis. The city is four square miles in size and is surrounded by the larger, west suburban communities of Minnetonka, Saint Louis Park, and Edina. Hopkins is about 98% developed with little remaining vacant land. The population was 17,591 at the 2010 census.

5. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Population: 404,670
% African American: 18.45%
# Of African American Residents: 74,648
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.88%
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Minneapolis ) is the county seat of Hennepin County, and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2016, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 413,651. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which together contain about 3.5 million people, the second-largest economic center in the Midwest, after Chicago.

6. Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights, Minnesota

Population: 19,689
% African American: 18.08%
# Of African American Residents: 3,559
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.54%
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Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 19,496 at the 2010 census.

7. Fridley

Fridley, Minnesota

Population: 27,447
% African American: 15.72%
# Of African American Residents: 4,316
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.27%
More on Fridley: Data | Jobs

Fridley is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 27,208 at the 2010 census. Fridley was incorporated in 1949 as a village and became a city in 1957. It is part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Fridley is a “first ring” or “inner ring” suburb in the northern part of the Twin Cities. Fridley connects with the city of Minneapolis at its southern border. Neighboring first ring suburbs are Columbia Heights to the South and Brooklyn Center to the West across the Mississippi river.

8. St. Paul

St. Paul, Minnesota

Population: 297,160
% African American: 15.28%
# Of African American Residents: 45,398
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.49%
More on St. Paul: Data | Jobs

Saint Paul is the capital and second-most populous city of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2016, the city’s estimated population was 304,442. Saint Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota. The city lies mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the area surrounding its point of confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state’s largest city. Known as the “Twin Cities”, the two form the core of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.52 million residents.

9. Robbinsdale

Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Population: 14,382
% African American: 14.09%
# Of African American Residents: 2,026
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.52%
More on Robbinsdale: Data | Jobs

Robbinsdale is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 13,953 at the 2010 census.

10. Waite Park

Waite Park, Minnesota

Population: 7,371
% African American: 11.95%
# Of African American Residents: 881
Percent Change Since 2010: 163.77%
More on Waite Park: Data | Jobs

Waite Park is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,715 at the 2010 census and according to 2016 estimates is now 7,839. It is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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. New Prague
  3. Rogers

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Minnesota

Rank City Population % African American
1 Brooklyn Center 30,785 28.21%
2 Brooklyn Park 78,823 26.3%
3 New Hope 20,819 20.26%
4 Hopkins 18,077 20.05%
5 Minneapolis 404,670 18.45%
6 Columbia Heights 19,689 18.08%
7 Fridley 27,447 15.72%
8 St. Paul 297,160 15.28%
9 Robbinsdale 14,382 14.09%
10 Waite Park 7,371 11.95%
11 Burnsville 61,158 11.32%
12 St. Cloud 66,770 10.68%
13 Crystal 22,777 10.25%
14 Richfield 35,912 9.8%
15 Champlin 23,929 9.31%
16 Faribault 23,530 9.14%
17 Bloomington 85,080 8.31%
18 New Brighton 22,233 8.02%
19 Maplewood 39,678 7.88%
20 West St. Paul 19,779 7.6%
21 St. Louis Park 47,486 7.52%
22 Roseville 35,254 7.37%
23 Eagan 65,874 7.21%
24 Oakdale 27,956 7.18%
25 Willmar 19,641 7.17%
26 Anoka 17,325 6.89%
27 Rochester 111,396 6.88%
28 Falcon Heights 5,534 6.74%
29 Golden Valley 21,040 6.6%
30 Worthington 13,036 6.56%
31 St. Anthony 8,790 6.43%
32 North St. Paul 12,102 6.41%
33 Little Canada 10,202 6.31%
34 Woodbury 66,699 6.15%
35 Apple Valley 50,602 5.94%
36 Mounds View 12,708 5.86%
37 Eden Prairie 63,206 5.79%
38 Shakopee 39,656 5.67%
39 Coon Rapids 62,159 5.33%
40 Rosemount 23,099 5.3%
41 North Mankato 13,451 5.21%
42 Plymouth 75,105 5.19%
43 Marshall 13,616 5.19%
44 Waseca 9,267 5.09%
45 South St. Paul 20,281 4.9%
46 Spring Lake Park 6,519 4.79%
47 Austin 24,841 4.74%
48 Blaine 61,210 4.42%
49 Mankato 40,900 4.32%
50 Vadnais Heights 13,115 4.26%
51 Owatonna 25,580 3.91%
52 Maple Grove 66,969 3.87%
53 Inver Grove Heights 34,757 3.85%
54 Minnetonka 51,651 3.72%
55 East Grand Forks 8,636 3.68%
56 Savage 29,399 3.61%
57 Cottage Grove 35,632 3.59%
58 Hermantown 9,599 2.88%
59 Albertville 7,286 2.87%
60 Moorhead 41,321 2.71%
61 Duluth 86,164 2.67%
62 White Bear Lake 24,992 2.64%
63 Mahtomedi 7,964 2.47%
64 Stillwater 19,142 2.44%
65 Winona 27,372 2.42%
66 Big Lake 10,393 2.41%
67 Northfield 20,405 2.32%
68 St. Michael 17,045 2.24%
69 Lino Lakes 20,758 2.24%
70 Sartell 16,442 2.19%
71 Edina 49,976 2.19%
72 St. Peter 11,567 2.16%
73 Jordan 5,981 2.16%
74 Chaska 25,078 2.15%
75 Thief River Falls 8,726 2.11%
76 Andover 31,906 2.1%
77 Albert Lea 17,775 2.09%
78 Little Falls 8,682 2.05%
79 Shoreview 26,161 1.97%
80 International Falls 6,226 1.91%
81 Brainerd 13,440 1.88%
82 Red Wing 16,484 1.84%
83 Ramsey 25,329 1.81%
84 St. Joseph 6,775 1.76%
85 Lakeville 59,786 1.69%
86 Elk River 23,743 1.57%
87 Cloquet 12,047 1.51%
88 Monticello 13,214 1.51%
89 Oak Grove 8,334 1.49%
90 Fergus Falls 13,310 1.49%
91 Hastings 22,501 1.44%
92 Farmington 22,226 1.44%
93 Chanhassen 24,796 1.41%
94 Buffalo 15,927 1.36%
95 Mendota Heights 11,231 1.34%
96 Arden Hills 10,126 1.33%
97 Redwood Falls 5,086 1.32%
98 Otsego 15,065 1.25%
99 Morris 5,343 1.22%
100 Belle Plaine 6,892 1.2%

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