The 10 Minnesota Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 354,540 - 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Minnesota? Brooklyn Center took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Minnesota for 2022. 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 2022

1. Brooklyn Center

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Population: 30,755
% African American: 30.8%
# Of African American Residents: 9,474
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.66%
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Brooklyn Center, MN

2. Brooklyn Park

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Population: 80,173
% African American: 29.76%
# Of African American Residents: 23,858
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.67%
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Brooklyn Park, MN

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3. New Hope

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Population: 20,913
% African American: 23.87%
# Of African American Residents: 4,992
Percent Change Since 2010: 161.5%
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New Hope, MN

4. Waite Park

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Population: 7,719
% African American: 22.02%
# Of African American Residents: 1,700
Percent Change Since 2010: 408.98%
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Waite Park, MN

5. Columbia Heights

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Population: 20,247
% African American: 21.39%
# Of African American Residents: 4,331
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.77%
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Columbia Heights, MN

6. Hopkins

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Population: 18,400
% African American: 20.05%
# Of African American Residents: 3,690
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.37%
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Hopkins, MN

7. Minneapolis

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Population: 424,536
% African American: 18.65%
# Of African American Residents: 79,156
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.45%
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Minneapolis, MN

8. Fridley

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Population: 27,789
% African American: 18.0%
# Of African American Residents: 5,001
Percent Change Since 2010: 83.39%
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Fridley, MN

9. St. Cloud

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Population: 68,390
% African American: 16.71%
# Of African American Residents: 11,427
Percent Change Since 2010: 150.65%
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St. Cloud, MN

10. Robbinsdale

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8.5
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Population: 14,393
% African American: 16.26%
# Of African American Residents: 2,341
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.26%
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Robbinsdale, MN

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 30.8% 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.

Summary: 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. Kasson

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Minnesota

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brooklyn Center 30.8% 30,755
2 Brooklyn Park 29.76% 80,173
3 New Hope 23.87% 20,913
4 Waite Park 22.02% 7,719
5 Columbia Heights 21.39% 20,247
6 Hopkins 20.05% 18,400
7 Minneapolis 18.65% 424,536
8 Fridley 18.0% 27,789
9 St. Cloud 16.71% 68,390
10 Robbinsdale 16.26% 14,393
11 Crystal 15.63% 22,937
12 St. Paul 15.2% 305,877
13 Faribault 13.61% 23,853
14 Burnsville 13.18% 61,536
15 Little Canada 12.54% 10,423
16 Richfield 10.81% 36,253
17 Oakdale 10.57% 27,925
18 New Brighton 10.35% 22,663
19 Eagan 10.09% 66,377
20 Willmar 9.88% 19,728
21 Bloomington 9.86% 85,226
22 Maplewood 9.69% 40,684
23 Champlin 9.33% 24,980
24 North St. Paul 8.87% 12,421
25 Apple Valley 8.67% 53,728
26 Rochester 8.4% 117,134
27 St. Anthony 8.25% 9,035
28 Albertville 8.02% 7,483
29 Shakopee 8.02% 41,423
30 Roseville 7.99% 36,139
31 Vadnais Heights 7.89% 13,565
32 Coon Rapids 7.19% 62,706
33 Blaine 7.15% 65,048
34 Falcon Heights 7.07% 5,586
35 Savage 7.07% 31,758
36 Anoka 6.94% 17,512
37 Eden Prairie 6.75% 64,481
38 Spring Lake Park 6.67% 6,582
39 Maple Grove 6.31% 71,569
40 Mankato 6.22% 42,685
41 Worthington 6.16% 13,093
42 Woodbury 5.92% 71,298
43 Golden Valley 5.91% 21,611
44 Mounds View 5.91% 13,193
45 St. Louis Park 5.75% 48,874
46 Austin 5.64% 25,180
47 Moorhead 5.13% 43,409
48 Marshall 5.08% 13,604
49 Rosemount 5.07% 24,792
50 Cottage Grove 5.02% 37,120
51 Minnetonka 4.94% 53,760
52 St. Joseph 4.87% 7,448
53 East Grand Forks 4.78% 8,555
54 West St. Paul 4.64% 19,805
55 Owatonna 4.58% 25,716
56 St. Michael 4.34% 17,871
57 Ramsey 4.26% 27,201
58 Plymouth 4.05% 78,879
59 South St. Paul 3.78% 20,132
60 St. Peter 3.61% 11,934
61 Inver Grove Heights 3.34% 35,492
62 Jordan 3.26% 6,289
63 Shoreview 3.24% 26,922
64 Lakeville 2.96% 65,710
65 Farmington 2.9% 22,996
66 Elk River 2.88% 24,894
67 Crookston 2.87% 7,711
68 Chaska 2.84% 26,753
69 North Mankato 2.75% 13,903
70 Edina 2.73% 52,215
71 Andover 2.67% 33,019
72 White Bear Lake 2.64% 25,718
73 Mahtomedi 2.64% 8,232
74 Fergus Falls 2.57% 13,754
75 Lino Lakes 2.56% 21,748
76 Red Wing 2.5% 16,366
77 Hermantown 2.43% 9,577
78 Stillwater 2.39% 19,471
79 Duluth 2.37% 85,852
80 Brainerd 2.3% 13,423
81 Hugo 2.26% 15,008
82 Thief River Falls 2.21% 8,792
83 Otsego 2.18% 17,429
84 Montevideo 2.17% 5,071
85 Waseca 2.01% 8,892
86 Big Lake 1.98% 11,085
87 Cloquet 1.93% 11,994
88 Winona 1.93% 26,772
89 Hibbing 1.93% 15,923
90 Sartell 1.89% 18,439
91 Northfield 1.79% 20,399
92 Morris 1.79% 5,320
93 Forest Lake 1.74% 20,393
94 Albert Lea 1.72% 17,804
95 Lake Elmo 1.69% 9,071
96 Chanhassen 1.66% 25,965
97 Lake City 1.62% 5,050
98 St. Francis 1.32% 7,793
99 Arden Hills 1.29% 10,276
100 New Ulm 1.21% 13,209

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Minnesota with the largest African American population.

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