These Are The 10 Minnesota Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


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 2019. This is our second 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 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 2019:

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

Brooklyn Center took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Minnesota for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 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.

Brooklyn Center, MN

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Population: 30,885
% African American: 27.88%
# Of African American Residents: 8,610
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.84%
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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.

Brooklyn Park, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 79,462
% African American: 27.58%
# Of African American Residents: 21,918
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.72%
More on Brooklyn Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

New Hope, MN

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8.5
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Population: 20,909
% African American: 21.15%
# Of African American Residents: 4,423
Percent Change Since 2010: 131.69%
More on New Hope: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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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8.5
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Population: 18,217
% African American: 19.92%
# Of African American Residents: 3,629
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.83%
More on Hopkins: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 411,452
% African American: 18.59%
# Of African American Residents: 76,499
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.57%
More on Minneapolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Columbia Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 19,823
% African American: 18.09%
# Of African American Residents: 3,586
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.49%
More on Columbia Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Columbia Heights is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 19,496 at the 2010 census.

Fridley, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 27,573
% African American: 15.54%
# Of African American Residents: 4,285
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.13%
More on Fridley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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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7
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Population: 300,820
% African American: 15.48%
# Of African American Residents: 46,559
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.29%
More on St. Paul: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Waite Park, MN

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6
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Population: 7,457
% African American: 13.83%
# Of African American Residents: 1,031
Percent Change Since 2010: 208.68%
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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.

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 22,910
% African American: 13.49%
# Of African American Residents: 3,091
Percent Change Since 2010: 105.93%
More on Crystal: Real Estate | Data

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. Rogers
  3. St. Francis

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % African American Population
1 Brooklyn Center 27.88% 30,885
2 Brooklyn Park 27.58% 79,462
3 New Hope 21.15% 20,909
4 Hopkins 19.92% 18,217
5 Minneapolis 18.59% 411,452
6 Columbia Heights 18.09% 19,823
7 Fridley 15.54% 27,573
8 St. Paul 15.48% 300,820
9 Waite Park 13.83% 7,457
10 Crystal 13.49% 22,910
11 St. Cloud 11.92% 67,093
12 Burnsville 11.82% 61,302
13 Robbinsdale 11.1% 14,446
14 Faribault 10.96% 23,577
15 Richfield 10.03% 35,993
16 Maplewood 9.24% 40,127
17 Bloomington 9.19% 85,417
18 North St. Paul 9.01% 12,241
19 Willmar 8.86% 19,608
20 Champlin 8.54% 24,209
21 Eagan 8.24% 66,102
22 Oakdale 8.16% 27,972
23 New Brighton 7.9% 22,440
24 Falcon Heights 7.88% 5,560
25 Anoka 7.58% 17,374
26 St. Louis Park 7.57% 48,124
27 Roseville 7.27% 35,624
28 Rochester 7.22% 112,683
29 Apple Valley 7.21% 51,109
30 St. Anthony 6.88% 8,930
31 Golden Valley 6.87% 21,208
32 Worthington 6.76% 13,142
33 Savage 6.68% 30,011
34 Little Canada 6.65% 10,321
35 Eden Prairie 6.0% 63,660
36 Shakopee 5.96% 40,024
37 Coon Rapids 5.93% 62,342
38 Woodbury 5.79% 67,648
39 West St. Paul 5.77% 19,750
40 Marshall 5.75% 13,706
41 Plymouth 5.62% 76,258
42 Mounds View 5.52% 12,872
43 Vadnais Heights 5.39% 13,283
44 North Mankato 5.29% 13,583
45 Blaine 5.23% 62,453
46 Austin 5.12% 24,882
47 Rosemount 4.96% 23,474
48 Spring Lake Park 4.88% 6,535
49 Inver Grove Heights 4.6% 34,976
50 Owatonna 4.31% 25,613
51 Mankato 4.27% 41,241
52 Minnetonka 4.26% 52,102
53 Maple Grove 4.2% 68,362
54 Hermantown 4.18% 9,603
55 East Grand Forks 4.13% 8,614
56 Waseca 4.12% 9,151
57 Cottage Grove 3.96% 35,902
58 St. Michael 3.61% 17,128
59 South St. Paul 3.55% 20,280
60 Moorhead 3.42% 41,801
61 Andover 3.0% 32,257
62 Albertville 2.78% 7,303
63 Big Lake 2.72% 10,516
64 Mahtomedi 2.7% 8,005
65 Otsego 2.69% 15,630
66 Duluth 2.65% 86,066
67 Winona 2.46% 27,153
68 Stillwater 2.4% 19,232
69 St. Peter 2.32% 11,682
70 Fergus Falls 2.26% 13,606
71 Elk River 2.19% 23,924
72 White Bear Lake 2.16% 25,411
73 Brainerd 2.14% 13,394
74 Shoreview 2.1% 26,432
75 Thief River Falls 2.08% 8,769
76 Little Falls 2.02% 8,648
77 Lakeville 2.01% 61,056
78 Oak Grove 2.01% 8,453
79 Albert Lea 1.96% 17,716
80 Monticello 1.91% 13,316
81 Edina 1.9% 50,603
82 Red Wing 1.9% 16,334
83 Northfield 1.9% 20,297
84 Chaska 1.87% 25,578
85 St. Joseph 1.87% 6,862
86 Ramsey 1.86% 25,853
87 International Falls 1.81% 6,121
88 Farmington 1.76% 22,502
89 Redwood Falls 1.73% 5,031
90 Jordan 1.73% 6,079
91 Lino Lakes 1.69% 20,950
92 Crookston 1.67% 7,780
93 Sartell 1.66% 16,749
94 Litchfield 1.57% 6,645
95 Morris 1.54% 5,326
96 Chanhassen 1.42% 25,108
97 Forest Lake 1.39% 19,406
98 Arden Hills 1.39% 10,250
99 Detroit Lakes 1.37% 9,078
100 Hastings 1.3% 22,620

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