Minnesota Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota is 336,505 – at 6.1% 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Minnesota? Brooklyn Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Minnesota for 2020. 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 2020

Brooklyn Park, MN

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Population: 79,792
% African American: 27.88%
# Of African American Residents: 22,245
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.56%
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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.

Brooklyn Center, MN

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Population: 30,899
% African American: 27.14%
# Of African American Residents: 8,385
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.02%
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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.

New Hope, MN

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Population: 20,922
% African American: 20.72%
# Of African American Residents: 4,335
Percent Change Since 2010: 127.08%
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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.

Hopkins, MN

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Population: 18,300
% African American: 20.7%
# Of African American Residents: 3,789
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.48%
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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.

Minneapolis, MN

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7
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Population: 416,021
% African American: 19.05%
# Of African American Residents: 79,236
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.57%
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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.

Waite Park, MN

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Population: 7,623
% African American: 17.87%
# Of African American Residents: 1,362
Percent Change Since 2010: 307.78%
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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.

Columbia Heights, MN

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Population: 19,958
% African American: 17.39%
# Of African American Residents: 3,470
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.4%
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Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 19,496 at the 2010 census.

Fridley, MN

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Population: 27,614
% African American: 16.13%
# Of African American Residents: 4,455
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.37%
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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.

St. Paul, MN

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Population: 302,760
% African American: 15.72%
# Of African American Residents: 47,605
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.81%
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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.

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Population: 22,934
% African American: 15.1%
# Of African American Residents: 3,464
Percent Change Since 2010: 130.78%
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How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 27.9% 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 Park 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. New Prague
  3. Kasson

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brooklyn Park 27.88% 79,792
2 Brooklyn Center 27.14% 30,899
3 New Hope 20.72% 20,922
4 Hopkins 20.7% 18,300
5 Minneapolis 19.05% 416,021
6 Waite Park 17.87% 7,623
7 Columbia Heights 17.39% 19,958
8 Fridley 16.13% 27,614
9 St. Paul 15.72% 302,760
10 Crystal 15.1% 22,934
11 St. Cloud 13.53% 67,513
12 Burnsville 13.36% 61,283
13 Faribault 12.34% 23,711
14 Robbinsdale 11.71% 14,466
15 North St. Paul 10.84% 12,342
16 Richfield 10.1% 35,982
17 New Brighton 10.0% 22,560
18 Willmar 9.96% 19,618
19 Little Canada 9.7% 10,387
20 Maplewood 8.96% 40,387
21 Bloomington 8.76% 85,394
22 Spring Lake Park 8.61% 6,459
23 Champlin 8.52% 24,478
24 Oakdale 8.47% 28,018
25 St. Louis Park 8.43% 48,423
26 Eagan 8.2% 66,363
27 Falcon Heights 8.11% 5,559
28 Shakopee 7.68% 40,418
29 Apple Valley 7.68% 51,931
30 Rochester 7.6% 113,913
31 Roseville 7.32% 35,833
32 St. Anthony 7.3% 9,027
33 Worthington 7.11% 13,148
34 Eden Prairie 6.97% 63,900
35 Coon Rapids 6.74% 62,376
36 Anoka 6.69% 17,419
37 Savage 6.65% 30,615
38 Mounds View 6.51% 12,959
39 Golden Valley 6.08% 21,364
40 Blaine 5.86% 63,319
41 Marshall 5.85% 13,706
42 Woodbury 5.71% 68,686
43 Austin 5.47% 25,006
44 Plymouth 5.22% 77,213
45 Minnetonka 5.17% 52,546
46 Maple Grove 4.99% 69,571
47 West St. Paul 4.85% 19,750
48 Rosemount 4.84% 23,885
49 Mankato 4.76% 41,701
50 Mahtomedi 4.72% 8,095
51 Cottage Grove 4.61% 36,221
52 Vadnais Heights 4.49% 13,376
53 North Mankato 4.37% 13,704
54 Inver Grove Heights 4.35% 35,197
55 Owatonna 4.21% 25,656
56 Moorhead 4.17% 42,395
57 St. Michael 4.1% 17,328
58 Waseca 3.93% 9,056
59 St. Peter 3.74% 11,784
60 East Grand Forks 3.59% 8,635
61 Hermantown 3.42% 9,621
62 Andover 3.28% 32,499
63 South St. Paul 2.62% 20,256
64 Stillwater 2.62% 19,275
65 Jordan 2.58% 6,155
66 Northfield 2.54% 20,217
67 Albertville 2.53% 7,377
68 Lakeville 2.48% 62,489
69 Crookston 2.48% 7,782
70 Brainerd 2.48% 13,389
71 Elk River 2.47% 24,211
72 White Bear Lake 2.47% 25,601
73 Edina 2.41% 51,136
74 Duluth 2.4% 86,004
75 Red Wing 2.33% 16,365
76 Otsego 2.29% 16,189
77 Sartell 2.23% 17,076
78 Chaska 2.21% 25,998
79 Winona 2.12% 26,981
80 St. Joseph 2.05% 6,938
81 Fergus Falls 2.02% 13,647
82 Albert Lea 1.94% 17,687
83 Lino Lakes 1.94% 21,150
84 Lake Elmo 1.91% 8,794
85 Morris 1.91% 5,353
86 Shoreview 1.83% 26,627
87 Ramsey 1.79% 26,225
88 Little Falls 1.78% 8,664
89 Thief River Falls 1.75% 8,758
90 Lake City 1.67% 5,165
91 Litchfield 1.63% 6,631
92 Oak Grove 1.51% 8,582
93 Cloquet 1.51% 11,998
94 Farmington 1.51% 22,714
95 Chanhassen 1.5% 25,357
96 Detroit Lakes 1.45% 9,134
97 Hastings 1.4% 22,690
98 Bemidji 1.35% 15,004
99 Arden Hills 1.35% 10,290
100 Belle Plaine 1.32% 7,029

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