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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri 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 Missouri 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 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 2019:

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

Jennings took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Missouri 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 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 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 Missouri.

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 123 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 89.7% 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.

Jennings, MO

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Population: 14,743
% African American: 89.69%
# Of African American Residents: 13,223
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.54%
More on Jennings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Population: 5,005
% African American: 84.82%
# Of African American Residents: 4,245
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.09%
More on Dellwood: Real Estate | Data

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Population: 6,941
% African American: 81.47%
# Of African American Residents: 5,655
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.68%
More on Black Jack: Real Estate | Data

Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

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Population: 10,751
% African American: 77.6%
# Of African American Residents: 8,343
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.38%
More on Bellefontaine Neighbors: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Berkeley, MO

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Population: 9,014
% African American: 77.4%
# Of African American Residents: 6,977
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.37%
More on Berkeley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Ferguson, MO

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Population: 20,927
% African American: 68.05%
# Of African American Residents: 14,240
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.7%
More on Ferguson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Charleston, MO

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Population: 5,765
% African American: 51.47%
# Of African American Residents: 2,967
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.47%
More on Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

St. Louis, MO

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Population: 314,867
% African American: 47.47%
# Of African American Residents: 149,456
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.71%
More on St. Louis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Grandview, MO

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Population: 25,226
% African American: 38.9%
# Of African American Residents: 9,812
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.77%
More on Grandview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

University City, MO

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Population: 34,922
% African American: 37.27%
# Of African American Residents: 13,017
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.56%
More on University City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Kearney
  3. Dexter

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Missouri

Rank City % African American Population
1 Jennings 89.69% 14,743
2 Dellwood 84.82% 5,005
3 Black Jack 81.47% 6,941
4 Bellefontaine Neighbors 77.6% 10,751
5 Berkeley 77.4% 9,014
6 Ferguson 68.05% 20,927
7 Charleston 51.47% 5,765
8 St. Louis 47.47% 314,867
9 Grandview 38.9% 25,226
10 University City 37.27% 34,922
11 Hazelwood 35.44% 25,505
12 Florissant 35.19% 51,952
13 Caruthersville 32.94% 5,859
14 Raytown 31.57% 29,334
15 Kansas City 28.45% 476,974
16 Olivette 25.64% 7,830
17 Bridgeton 25.62% 11,712
18 Sikeston 25.45% 16,482
19 St. John 24.53% 6,426
20 St. Ann 24.52% 12,864
21 Overland 21.28% 15,901
22 Bonne Terre 19.87% 7,138
23 Maplewood 19.29% 7,975
24 Jefferson City 18.41% 43,092
25 Cape Girardeau 14.3% 39,092
26 Cameron 13.1% 9,904
27 Maryland Heights 12.64% 27,246
28 Boonville 12.52% 8,388
29 Kennett 12.36% 10,271
30 Richmond Heights 11.8% 8,466
31 Fulton 11.22% 12,807
32 Poplar Bluff 11.04% 17,112
33 Columbia 10.39% 118,620
34 Moberly 9.7% 13,775
35 Raymore 8.21% 20,358
36 Blue Springs 7.89% 54,036
37 Lee’s Summit 7.87% 95,270
38 Warrensburg 7.84% 19,890
39 Webster Groves 7.43% 23,069
40 Hannibal 7.41% 17,551
41 Creve Coeur 7.13% 18,259
42 Independence 7.11% 117,369
43 Clayton 6.92% 16,214
44 Mexico 6.52% 11,528
45 Marshall 6.51% 12,865
46 St. Joseph 6.2% 76,819
47 Kirkwood 6.15% 27,659
48 Farmington 6.07% 18,047
49 St. Charles 6.06% 69,026
50 Pacific 5.94% 6,294
51 Macon 5.41% 5,412
52 Pleasant Hill 5.3% 8,321
53 Richmond 5.3% 5,609
54 St. Peters 4.82% 56,375
55 Sedalia 4.58% 21,477
56 Belton 4.46% 23,299
57 Gladstone 4.45% 26,738
58 Chillicothe 4.45% 9,138
59 Springfield 4.45% 165,785
60 Wentzville 4.44% 35,768
61 O’fallon 4.37% 85,246
62 Parkville 4.32% 6,326
63 Rolla 4.27% 20,013
64 Excelsior Springs 4.11% 11,555
65 Pevely 3.99% 5,721
66 Liberty 3.9% 30,602
67 Joplin 3.81% 51,540
68 Manchester 3.72% 18,130
69 Maryville 3.5% 11,855
70 Kirksville 3.49% 17,519
71 Branson 3.46% 11,228
72 Dardenne Prairie 3.4% 12,938
73 Chesterfield 3.35% 47,660
74 Festus 3.22% 11,910
75 Lake St. Louis 2.95% 15,371
76 Eureka 2.89% 10,554
77 Brentwood 2.78% 8,025
78 Ballwin 2.69% 30,388
79 De Soto 2.67% 6,399
80 Shrewsbury 2.57% 6,180
81 Marshfield 2.42% 7,080
82 Park Hills 2.39% 8,592
83 Webb City 2.3% 11,148
84 Town And Country 2.29% 11,030
85 Nevada 2.28% 8,248
86 Harrisonville 2.21% 10,025
87 Ladue 2.07% 8,591
88 Troy 2.06% 11,505
89 Jackson 2.0% 14,690
90 Neosho 1.86% 11,983
91 Clinton 1.84% 9,088
92 Wildwood 1.7% 35,524
93 Crestwood 1.67% 11,921
94 Valley Park 1.6% 6,939
95 Bolivar 1.58% 10,654
96 Battlefield 1.57% 5,986
97 Ellisville 1.45% 9,463
98 Oak Grove 1.35% 7,921
99 Carthage 1.34% 14,280
100 Sunset Hills 1.33% 8,511

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