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.
But how has the increase 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:
- Jennings (Photos)
- Berkeley (Photos)
- Black Jack
- Bellefontaine Neighbors (Photos)
- Ferguson (Photos)
- Charleston (Photos)
- St. Louis (Photos)
- Grandview (Photos)
- University City (Photos)
Jennings took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Missouri for 2018.
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.
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*
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.
Population: 14,749% African American: 89.89%
# Of African American Residents: 13,258
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.81%
Population: 5,020% African American: 84.22%
# Of African American Residents: 4,228
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.31%
Population: 9,068% African American: 80.18%
# Of African American Residents: 7,271
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.34%
4. Black Jack
Population: 6,956 % African American: 80.12%
# Of African American Residents: 5,573
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.13%
5. Bellefontaine Neighbors
Population: 10,785% African American: 76.19%
# Of African American Residents: 8,217
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.29%
Population: 21,035% African American: 65.83%
# Of African American Residents: 13,848
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.76%
Population: 5,855% African American: 51.14%
# Of African American Residents: 2,994
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.59%
8. St. Louis
Population: 316,030% African American: 47.76%
# Of African American Residents: 150,948
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.77%
Population: 25,126% African American: 38.48%
# Of African American Residents: 9,668
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.21%
10. University City
Population: 35,042% African American: 37.48%
# Of African American Residents: 13,135
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.77%
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:
- Pleasant Hill
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