The 10 Missouri Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 692,510 - at 11.3% 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Missouri? Jennings took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Missouri for 2022. 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 2022

1. Jennings

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 14,672
% African American: 87.73%
# Of African American Residents: 12,872
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.19%
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Jennings, MO

2. Berkeley

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Population: 8,912
% African American: 87.32%
# Of African American Residents: 7,782
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.66%
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Berkeley, MO

3. Dellwood

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Population: 5,010
% African American: 86.05%
# Of African American Residents: 4,311
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.65%
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Dellwood, MO

Source: Wikipedia

4. Black Jack

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Population: 6,930
% African American: 81.44%
# Of African American Residents: 5,644
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.47%
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5. Bellefontaine Neighbors

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Population: 10,441
% African American: 78.58%
# Of African American Residents: 8,205
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.09%
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Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

Source: Public domain

6. Ferguson

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Population: 20,631
% African American: 68.87%
# Of African American Residents: 14,208
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.46%
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Ferguson, MO

Source: Public domain

7. Charleston

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Population: 5,478
% African American: 56.68%
# Of African American Residents: 3,105
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.21%
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Charleston, MO

Source: Public domain

8. St. Louis

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Population: 304,709
% African American: 45.45%
# Of African American Residents: 138,482
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.64%
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St. Louis, MO

9. Caruthersville

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Population: 5,518
% African American: 41.36%
# Of African American Residents: 2,282
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.31%
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Caruthersville, MO

Source: Public domain

10. Hazelwood

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Population: 25,222
% African American: 39.53%
# Of African American Residents: 9,969
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.69%
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Hazelwood, MO

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Missouri With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 87.7% 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 Sullivan 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.

Summary: 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. Sullivan
  2. Washington
  3. Aurora

For more Missouri reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Missouri

Rank City % African American Population
1 Jennings 87.73% 14,672
2 Berkeley 87.32% 8,912
3 Dellwood 86.05% 5,010
4 Black Jack 81.44% 6,930
5 Bellefontaine Neighbors 78.58% 10,441
6 Ferguson 68.87% 20,631
7 Charleston 56.68% 5,478
8 St. Louis 45.45% 304,709
9 Caruthersville 41.36% 5,518
10 Hazelwood 39.53% 25,222
11 Florissant 37.27% 51,220
12 Raytown 36.0% 29,176
13 Grandview 34.94% 24,990
14 University City 32.1% 34,336
15 St. Ann 29.46% 12,689
16 St. John 28.51% 6,369
17 Kansas City 27.34% 491,158
18 Sikeston 24.11% 16,664
19 Bridgeton 22.29% 11,577
20 Overland 20.14% 15,644
21 Olivette 19.8% 7,837
22 Jefferson City 19.11% 42,670
23 Kennett 18.41% 10,069
24 Maplewood 15.62% 8,073
25 Bonne Terre 14.49% 7,037
26 Maryland Heights 12.73% 26,996
27 Cape Girardeau 12.63% 40,100
28 Cameron 12.1% 8,941
29 Columbia 11.09% 122,659
30 Moberly 10.05% 13,710
31 Boonville 9.87% 8,300
32 Raymore 9.74% 21,676
33 Poplar Bluff 9.64% 16,979
34 Fulton 9.28% 12,696
35 Richmond Heights 9.17% 8,581
36 Creve Coeur 8.68% 18,627
37 Independence 8.49% 117,139
38 Pacific 8.47% 6,780
39 Lee's Summit 8.29% 98,997
40 Clayton 7.73% 16,763
41 Marshall 7.56% 12,920
42 Blue Springs 7.5% 55,415
43 Valley Park 7.29% 6,813
44 Branson 7.1% 11,526
45 Hannibal 6.17% 17,312
46 St. Charles 6.15% 70,650
47 Gladstone 6.11% 27,365
48 Mexico 6.08% 11,535
49 Farmington 6.07% 18,792
50 Excelsior Springs 5.82% 11,688
51 Shrewsbury 5.68% 6,108
52 Warrensburg 5.5% 20,313
53 St. Joseph 5.47% 75,369
54 Pleasant Hill 5.42% 8,611
55 Kirksville 5.27% 17,645
56 Kirkwood 5.12% 27,772
57 St. Peters 5.07% 57,536
58 Wentzville 4.78% 40,407
59 Sedalia 4.74% 21,634
60 O'fallon 4.74% 88,132
61 Belton 4.38% 23,568
62 Chillicothe 4.37% 9,106
63 Liberty 4.28% 31,761
64 Springfield 4.24% 167,601
65 Dardenne Prairie 4.2% 13,385
66 Macon 3.92% 5,357
67 Maryville 3.84% 11,641
68 Park Hills 3.79% 8,512
69 Chesterfield 3.67% 47,603
70 Joplin 3.54% 50,580
71 Brentwood 3.42% 7,986
72 Richmond 3.17% 5,622
73 Manchester 3.12% 18,102
74 Grain Valley 3.09% 14,261
75 Festus 2.99% 12,054
76 Weldon Spring 2.98% 5,536
77 Clinton 2.93% 8,792
78 Webster Groves 2.79% 22,906
79 Lake St. Louis 2.67% 16,357
80 Rolla 2.49% 20,273
81 Union 2.48% 11,931
82 Bolivar 2.22% 11,000
83 Webb City 2.06% 11,884
84 Jackson 2.03% 14,893
85 Marshfield 1.97% 7,425
86 Wildwood 1.93% 35,476
87 Troy 1.88% 12,457
88 Neosho 1.77% 12,036
89 Glendale 1.72% 5,881
90 Ellisville 1.64% 9,752
91 Harrisonville 1.58% 10,084
92 Carthage 1.52% 14,699
93 Ozark 1.5% 20,216
94 Crestwood 1.46% 11,859
95 Odessa 1.45% 5,240
96 Ballwin 1.43% 30,177
97 Parkville 1.42% 7,122
98 De Soto 1.35% 6,359
99 Lebanon 1.19% 14,735
100 Town And Country 1.13% 11,109

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Missouri with the largest African American population.

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