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

Brooklyn Center took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Minnesota for 2018.

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.

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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.

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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%

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%

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%

4. Hopkins

Hopkins, Minnesota

Population: 18,077
% African American: 20.05%
# Of African American Residents: 3,624
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.62%

5. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Population: 404,670
% African American: 18.45%
# Of African American Residents: 74,648
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.88%

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%

7. Fridley

Fridley, Minnesota

Population: 27,447
% African American: 15.72%
# Of African American Residents: 4,316
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.27%

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%

9. Robbinsdale

Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Population: 14,382
% African American: 14.09%
# Of African American Residents: 2,026
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.52%

10. Waite Park

Waite Park, Minnesota

Population: 7,371
% African American: 11.95%
# Of African American Residents: 881
Percent Change Since 2010: 163.77%

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

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

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