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 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.

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.

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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.

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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%

2. Dellwood

Dellwood, Missouri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,020
% African American: 84.22%
# Of African American Residents: 4,228
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.31%

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%

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

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%

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%

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%

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%

9. Grandview

Grandview, Missouri

Population: 25,126
% African American: 38.48%
# Of African American Residents: 9,668
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.21%

10. University City

University City, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

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:

  1. Monett
  2. Pleasant Hill
  3. Republic

For more Missouri reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Missouri

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

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