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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri 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 Missouri is 696,649 – at 11.5% of the total population of Missouri.

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 Missouri? Which cities and towns in Missouri have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Missouri with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Jennings (Photos)
  2. Dellwood
  3. Berkeley (Photos)
  4. Black Jack
  5. Bellefontaine Neighbors (Photos)
  6. Ferguson (Photos)
  7. Charleston (Photos)
  8. St. Louis (Photos)
  9. Grandview (Photos)
  10. University City (Photos)

Jennings took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri or the most diverse places in Missouri.

How We Determined The Cities In Missouri 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 Missouri.

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 123 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 89.9% 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. Jennings took the distinction of being the most Black, while Monett was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Missouri 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. Jennings

Jennings, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 14,749
% African American: 89.89%
# Of African American Residents: 13,258
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.81%
More on Jennings: Data | Jobs

2. Dellwood


Population: 5,020
% African American: 84.22%
# Of African American Residents: 4,228
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.31%
More on Dellwood: Data | Jobs

3. Berkeley

Berkeley, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,068
% African American: 80.18%
# Of African American Residents: 7,271
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.34%
More on Berkeley: Data | Jobs

Berkeley is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,978 at the 2010 census. Portions of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport are within the city limits.

4. Black Jack


Population: 6,956
% African American: 80.12%
# Of African American Residents: 5,573
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.13%
More on Black Jack: Data | Jobs

5. Bellefontaine Neighbors

Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,785
% African American: 76.19%
# Of African American Residents: 8,217
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.29%
More on Bellefontaine Neighbors: Data | Jobs

Bellefontaine Neighbors is an inner-ring suburb city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 10,860 at the 2010 census. At 22 letters, it has the longest name of any incorporated place in the United States.

6. Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 21,035
% African American: 65.83%
# Of African American Residents: 13,848
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.76%
More on Ferguson: Data | Jobs

Ferguson is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. It is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The population was 21,203 at the 2010 census.

7. Charleston

Charleston, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,855
% African American: 51.14%
# Of African American Residents: 2,994
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.59%
More on Charleston: Data | Jobs

Charleston is a city in Mississippi County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,947 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Mississippi County. It is a home to a local correctional facility.

8. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 316,030
% African American: 47.76%
# Of African American Residents: 150,948
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.77%
More on St. Louis: Data | Jobs

St. Louis is an independent city and major U.S. port in the state of Missouri, built along the western bank of the Mississippi River, on the border with Illinois. The city had an estimated 2016 population of 311,404, and is the cultural and economic center of the Greater St. Louis area, making it the largest metropolitan area in Missouri and the 19th-largest in the United States.

9. Grandview

Grandview, Missouri

Population: 25,126
% African American: 38.48%
# Of African American Residents: 9,668
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.21%
More on Grandview: Data | Jobs

Grandview is a city in Jackson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 24,475 at the 2010 census.

10. University City

University City, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,042
% African American: 37.48%
# Of African American Residents: 13,135
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.77%
More on University City: Data | Jobs

University City is an inner-ring suburb of the city of St. Louis in St. Louis County, in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 35,371 in 2010 census.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Missouri

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Missouri according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Missouri:

  1. Monett
  2. Pleasant Hill
  3. Republic

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Missouri

Rank City Population % African American
1 Jennings 14,749 89.89%
2 Dellwood 5,020 84.22%
3 Berkeley 9,068 80.18%
4 Black Jack 6,956 80.12%
5 Bellefontaine Neighbors 10,785 76.19%
6 Ferguson 21,035 65.83%
7 Charleston 5,855 51.14%
8 St. Louis 316,030 47.76%
9 Grandview 25,126 38.48%
10 University City 35,042 37.48%
11 Hazelwood 25,604 34.53%
12 Florissant 52,218 32.99%
13 Caruthersville 5,941 31.81%
14 Raytown 29,366 30.46%
15 Kansas City 471,767 28.85%
16 Sikeston 16,464 27.82%
17 Olivette 7,830 26.1%
18 Bridgeton 11,698 25.67%
19 St. John 6,459 24.85%
20 St. Ann 12,931 24.43%
21 Bonne Terre 7,109 21.13%
22 Overland 15,932 18.84%
23 Jefferson City 43,143 17.78%
24 Maplewood 7,948 16.37%
25 Kennett 10,500 13.77%
26 Cape Girardeau 39,200 13.45%
27 Cameron 10,150 13.21%
28 Boonville 8,397 12.24%
29 Maryland Heights 27,359 11.77%
30 Richmond Heights 8,486 10.83%
31 Poplar Bluff 17,198 10.77%
32 Columbia 117,165 9.69%
33 Fulton 12,886 8.84%
34 Raymore 20,107 8.48%
35 Moberly 13,867 8.4%
36 Lee’S Summit 94,257 8.38%
37 Clayton 16,034 8.31%
38 Warrensburg 19,932 8.04%
39 Creve Coeur 18,072 7.9%
40 Webster Groves 23,111 7.71%
41 Blue Springs 53,641 7.42%
42 Marshall 12,984 7.42%
43 Independence 117,217 7.12%
44 Mexico 11,622 6.96%
45 Hannibal 17,707 6.88%
46 St. Charles 68,341 6.62%
47 Farmington 17,881 6.39%
48 Kirkwood 27,614 6.03%
49 St. Joseph 76,901 5.72%
50 Pacific 6,246 5.57%
51 Macon 5,463 5.31%
52 Belton 23,236 5.01%
53 Richmond 5,638 4.9%
54 Sedalia 21,441 4.76%
55 St. Peters 55,820 4.72%
56 Valley Park 6,956 4.63%
57 Springfield 165,138 4.58%
58 Wentzville 34,176 4.53%
59 Chillicothe 9,199 4.5%
60 Parkville 6,124 4.49%
61 Excelsior Springs 11,480 4.42%
62 Rolla 19,904 4.15%
63 O’Fallon 84,018 4.08%
64 Gladstone 26,562 4.01%
65 Pevely 5,616 4.01%
66 Liberty 30,239 3.85%
67 Festus 11,929 3.79%
68 Joplin 51,231 3.69%
69 Dardenne Prairie 12,692 3.66%
70 Maryville 11,957 3.51%
71 Manchester 18,183 3.39%
72 Chesterfield 47,717 3.27%
73 Kirksville 17,592 3.17%
74 Park Hills 8,666 3.13%
75 Town And Country 11,001 2.87%
76 Jackson 14,641 2.77%
77 Lake St. Louis 15,150 2.61%
78 Branson 11,158 2.52%
79 Shrewsbury 6,197 2.49%
80 Harrisonville 10,002 2.47%
81 Eureka 10,497 2.31%
82 Washington 14,012 2.28%
83 Clinton 8,989 2.27%
84 Ballwin 30,431 2.22%
85 Ladue 8,579 2.18%
86 Neosho 12,144 2.17%
87 Battlefield 5,920 2.04%
88 De Soto 6,466 2.04%
89 Nevada 8,388 2.04%
90 Brentwood 8,030 1.94%
91 Marshfield 6,958 1.94%
92 Troy 11,374 1.86%
93 Bolivar 10,592 1.76%
94 Carthage 14,247 1.53%
95 Wildwood 35,764 1.47%
96 Crestwood 11,941 1.25%
97 Webb City 11,052 1.22%
98 Ozark 18,867 1.17%
99 Ellisville 9,188 1.14%
100 Des Peres 8,507 1.06%

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