Missouri Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 699,730 – 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Missouri? Jennings took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Missouri for 2020. 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 2020

Jennings, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,794
% African American: 87.43%
# Of African American Residents: 12,935
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.3%
More on Jennings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Berkeley, MO

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5
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Population: 8,991
% African American: 82.27%
# Of African American Residents: 7,397
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.38%
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.

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Population: 6,943
% African American: 80.83%
# Of African American Residents: 5,612
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.87%
More on Black Jack: Real Estate | Data

Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 10,613
% African American: 75.4%
# Of African American Residents: 8,002
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.73%
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.

Ferguson, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 20,931
% African American: 69.83%
# Of African American Residents: 14,616
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.52%
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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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 5,704
% African American: 48.86%
# Of African American Residents: 2,787
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.98%
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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4
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Population: 311,273
% African American: 46.81%
# Of African American Residents: 145,696
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.08%
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.

Florissant, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 51,744
% African American: 38.25%
# Of African American Residents: 19,791
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.31%
More on Florissant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Florissant ) is a second-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in northern St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The city had a total population of 52,158 in the 2010 census, making it the 12th-largest city in Missouri.

Grandview, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 25,174
% African American: 36.66%
# Of African American Residents: 9,229
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.52%
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.

Hazelwood, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,399
% African American: 35.78%
# Of African American Residents: 9,087
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.68%
More on Hazelwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Missouri With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 122 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 87.4% 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. 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 87.43% 14,794
2 Berkeley 82.27% 8,991
3 Black Jack 80.83% 6,943
4 Bellefontaine Neighbors 75.4% 10,613
5 Ferguson 69.83% 20,931
6 Charleston 48.86% 5,704
7 St. Louis 46.81% 311,273
8 Florissant 38.25% 51,744
9 Grandview 36.66% 25,174
10 Hazelwood 35.78% 25,399
11 University City 35.11% 34,653
12 Caruthersville 34.58% 5,760
13 Raytown 31.09% 29,216
14 St. Ann 30.32% 12,853
15 Kansas City 28.71% 481,417
16 Olivette 27.45% 7,837
17 St. John 26.01% 6,432
18 Bridgeton 25.78% 11,690
19 Sikeston 25.09% 16,366
20 Overland 22.92% 15,787
21 Bonne Terre 19.07% 7,110
22 Maplewood 18.94% 8,008
23 Jefferson City 18.59% 43,013
24 Kennett 14.83% 10,225
25 Cameron 13.45% 9,665
26 Cape Girardeau 13.25% 39,323
27 Maryland Heights 12.85% 27,128
28 Boonville 12.6% 8,410
29 Poplar Bluff 11.99% 17,107
30 Richmond Heights 11.72% 8,457
31 Columbia 10.85% 120,248
32 Fulton 10.71% 12,799
33 Raymore 10.12% 20,743
34 Moberly 10.1% 13,762
35 Creve Coeur 7.99% 18,445
36 Lee’s Summit 7.71% 96,325
37 Blue Springs 7.49% 54,370
38 Independence 7.08% 117,207
39 Clayton 6.92% 16,448
40 Marshall 6.9% 13,001
41 Warrensburg 6.54% 20,025
42 Gladstone 6.38% 26,995
43 St. Joseph 6.28% 76,465
44 St. Charles 6.21% 69,576
45 Mexico 6.06% 11,544
46 Hannibal 5.85% 17,575
47 Farmington 5.74% 18,269
48 Richmond 5.57% 5,606
49 Kirkwood 5.52% 27,693
50 Webster Groves 5.43% 23,029
51 Sedalia 5.4% 21,642
52 St. Peters 5.05% 56,838
53 Pleasant Hill 4.99% 8,418
54 Kirksville 4.98% 17,483
55 Wentzville 4.87% 37,485
56 O’fallon 4.72% 86,340
57 Chillicothe 4.35% 9,136
58 Springfield 4.32% 166,633
59 Maryville 4.28% 11,771
60 Chesterfield 4.07% 47,663
61 Rolla 4.03% 20,117
62 Macon 4.02% 5,379
63 Branson 4.0% 11,345
64 Dardenne Prairie 3.94% 13,139
65 Pevely 3.91% 5,784
66 Liberty 3.91% 30,928
67 Excelsior Springs 3.89% 11,575
68 Pacific 3.86% 6,329
69 Shrewsbury 3.58% 6,166
70 Valley Park 3.29% 6,832
71 Manchester 3.27% 18,189
72 Joplin 3.22% 50,073
73 Brentwood 3.09% 8,023
74 Eureka 3.03% 10,575
75 Park Hills 3.02% 8,568
76 Clinton 2.88% 9,107
77 Belton 2.69% 23,348
78 Troy 2.68% 11,771
79 De Soto 2.58% 6,390
80 Webb City 2.49% 11,572
81 Bolivar 2.45% 10,760
82 Festus 2.36% 11,970
83 Jackson 2.29% 14,826
84 Lake St. Louis 2.26% 15,646
85 Parkville 2.22% 6,524
86 Ladue 2.21% 8,586
87 Neosho 2.2% 12,009
88 Ellisville 2.0% 9,581
89 Carthage 1.87% 14,690
90 Wildwood 1.84% 35,517
91 Oak Grove 1.76% 8,008
92 Town And Country 1.74% 11,066
93 Nevada 1.71% 8,252
94 Battlefield 1.57% 6,104
95 Union 1.5% 11,274
96 Glendale 1.46% 5,888
97 Odessa 1.43% 5,189
98 Grain Valley 1.42% 13,715
99 Ballwin 1.42% 30,332
100 Crestwood 1.38% 11,881

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