The 10 Missouri Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Missouri with the largest African American population.

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 696,379 - at 11.4% 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 2021:

  1. Jennings
  2. Dellwood
  3. Berkeley
  4. Black Jack
  5. Bellefontaine Neighbors
  6. Ferguson
  7. Charleston
  8. St. Louis
  9. Florissant
  10. Caruthersville

What's the blackest city in Missouri? Jennings took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in missouri for 2021. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Missouri For 2021

1. Jennings

Jennings, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 14,712
% African American: 87.49%
# Of African American Residents: 12,871
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.19%
More on Jennings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Dellwood

Dellwood, MO

Source: Wikipedia
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Population: 5,013
% African American: 85.28%
# Of African American Residents: 4,275
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.8%
More on Dellwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Berkeley

Berkeley, MO

Source: Public domain
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Population: 8,927
% African American: 84.07%
# Of African American Residents: 7,505
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.86%
More on Berkeley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Black Jack

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Population: 6,932
% African American: 80.9%
# Of African American Residents: 5,608
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.79%
More on Black Jack: Real Estate | Data

5. Bellefontaine Neighbors

Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

Source: Public domain
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Population: 10,517
% African American: 77.41%
# Of African American Residents: 8,141
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.03%
More on Bellefontaine Neighbors: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Ferguson

Ferguson, MO

Source: Public domain
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Population: 20,738
% African American: 67.46%
# Of African American Residents: 13,989
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.82%
More on Ferguson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Charleston

Charleston, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 5,614
% African American: 53.6%
# Of African American Residents: 3,009
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.22%
More on Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

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Population: 308,174
% African American: 46.23%
# Of African American Residents: 142,471
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.12%
More on St. Louis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Florissant

Florissant, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 51,455
% African American: 40.06%
# Of African American Residents: 20,612
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.47%
More on Florissant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Caruthersville

Caruthersville, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,616
% African American: 38.85%
# Of African American Residents: 2,182
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.37%
More on Caruthersville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In missouri With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 87.5% 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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Aurora
  3. Washington

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Missouri

Rank City % African American Population
1 Jennings 87.49% 14,712
2 Dellwood 85.28% 5,013
3 Berkeley 84.07% 8,927
4 Black Jack 80.9% 6,932
5 Bellefontaine Neighbors 77.41% 10,517
6 Ferguson 67.46% 20,738
7 Charleston 53.6% 5,614
8 St. Louis 46.23% 308,174
9 Florissant 40.06% 51,455
10 Caruthersville 38.85% 5,616
11 Hazelwood 37.68% 25,319
12 University City 35.61% 34,498
13 Grandview 35.53% 25,069
14 Raytown 32.4% 29,264
15 St. Ann 30.96% 12,744
16 Kansas City 27.94% 486,404
17 Olivette 25.44% 7,849
18 Sikeston 24.95% 16,200
19 St. John 24.7% 6,396
20 Bridgeton 24.5% 11,606
21 Overland 21.11% 15,715
22 Jefferson City 18.71% 42,919
23 Bonne Terre 17.68% 7,165
24 Maplewood 17.09% 8,051
25 Kennett 17.05% 10,062
26 Maryland Heights 13.22% 27,080
27 Cape Girardeau 12.79% 39,566
28 Cameron 11.66% 9,665
29 Boonville 11.06% 8,418
30 Columbia 10.95% 121,230
31 Poplar Bluff 10.93% 17,023
32 Fulton 10.45% 12,779
33 Raymore 10.35% 21,196
34 Richmond Heights 10.27% 8,500
35 Moberly 10.02% 13,707
36 Creve Coeur 8.61% 18,538
37 Lee's Summit 8.54% 97,275
38 Independence 7.9% 117,084
39 Marshall 7.27% 12,949
40 Blue Springs 7.18% 54,850
41 Clayton 6.88% 16,588
42 Warrensburg 6.76% 20,139
43 St. Charles 6.64% 70,171
44 Farmington 6.29% 18,515
45 Pleasant Hill 5.96% 8,510
46 Gladstone 5.96% 27,126
47 Sedalia 5.9% 21,633
48 St. Joseph 5.88% 75,913
49 Mexico 5.71% 11,543
50 Kirkwood 5.62% 27,708
51 Hannibal 5.46% 17,320
52 St. Peters 5.37% 57,273
53 Wentzville 4.74% 38,841
54 Excelsior Springs 4.74% 11,640
55 Pacific 4.61% 6,339
56 O'fallon 4.58% 87,242
57 Macon 4.54% 5,358
58 Shrewsbury 4.28% 6,150
59 Springfield 4.25% 167,051
60 Branson 4.18% 11,416
61 Brentwood 4.11% 8,005
62 Webster Groves 4.1% 22,951
63 Chillicothe 4.03% 9,162
64 Maryville 4.03% 11,696
65 Liberty 3.93% 31,328
66 Chesterfield 3.83% 47,605
67 Pevely 3.77% 5,893
68 Kirksville 3.75% 17,554
69 Parkville 3.69% 6,724
70 Valley Park 3.57% 6,799
71 Rolla 3.55% 20,169
72 Manchester 3.42% 18,110
73 Richmond 3.39% 5,628
74 Belton 3.39% 23,425
75 Joplin 3.2% 50,386
76 Eureka 3.2% 10,666
77 Dardenne Prairie 3.06% 13,293
78 Weldon Spring 2.98% 5,531
79 Clinton 2.67% 9,118
80 Park Hills 2.62% 8,544
81 Jackson 2.27% 14,872
82 Troy 2.26% 12,079
83 Webb City 2.25% 11,721
84 Bolivar 2.25% 10,880
85 Festus 2.0% 11,982
86 Wildwood 1.96% 35,459
87 Lake St. Louis 1.95% 15,989
88 Neosho 1.85% 11,990
89 Glendale 1.73% 5,891
90 Ellisville 1.65% 9,661
91 Odessa 1.63% 5,210
92 Ladue 1.6% 8,601
93 Battlefield 1.59% 6,240
94 Ozark 1.53% 19,767
95 Harrisonville 1.49% 10,043
96 De Soto 1.47% 6,380
97 Carthage 1.41% 14,708
98 Ballwin 1.39% 30,252
99 Marshfield 1.34% 7,318
100 Lebanon 1.32% 14,652

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