The 10 Montana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2024

The most African American cities in Montana are Great Falls and Helena for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Most African American cities in Montana research summary. We used Saturday Night Science to analyze Montana’s most recent Census data to determine the blackest cities in Montana based on the percentage of Black residents. Here are the results of our analysis:

  • The city with the largest African American population in Montana is Great Falls based on the most recent Census data.

  • Great Falls is 1.04% Black.

  • The least African American city in Montana is Whitefish.

  • Whitefish is 0.0% Black.

  • Montana is 0.5% Black.

  • Montana is the 50th blackest state in the United States.

Cities With Highest Black Population In Montana Map

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The Black community is one of the fastest-growing communities in America this decade.

Roughly 42 million people identifying as Black or African American live in the United States, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Montana is 5,248 – at 0.5% of the total population of Montana.

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. Most scholars and historians agree that increasing diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Montana? Which cities and towns in Montana have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Montana with the largest African American population in 2024:

What’s the blackest city in Montana? The city with the largest Black population in Montana for 2024 is Great Falls. See if Great Falls ranked as one of the most african american places in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Montana or the most diverse places in Montana.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Montana For 2024

1. Great Falls

Great Falls, MT

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Population: 60,373
% African American: 1.04%
# Of African American Residents: 626
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.93%
More on Great Falls: Data | Cost Of Living

2. Helena

Helena, MT

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Population: 32,529
% African American: 0.83%
# Of African American Residents: 271
Percent Change Since 2010: 323.44%
More on Helena: Data | Cost Of Living

3. Missoula

Missoula, MT

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Population: 74,627
% African American: 0.71%
# Of African American Residents: 529
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.75%
More on Missoula: Data | Cost Of Living

4. Lewistown

Lewistown, MT

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Population: 5,988
% African American: 0.7%
# Of African American Residents: 42
Percent Change Since 2010: -70.21%
More on Lewistown: Data | Cost Of Living

5. Bozeman

Bozeman, MT

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Population: 53,500
% African American: 0.64%
# Of African American Residents: 342
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.56%
More on Bozeman: Data | Cost Of Living

6. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, MT

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Population: 9,435
% African American: 0.54%
# Of African American Residents: 51
Percent Change Since 2010: -31.08%
More on Anaconda-Deer Lodge County: Data | Cost Of Living

7. Billings

Billings, MT

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Population: 117,093
% African American: 0.53%
# Of African American Residents: 616
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.15%
More on Billings: Data | Cost Of Living

8. Laurel

Laurel, MT

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Population: 7,181
% African American: 0.49%
# Of African American Residents: 35
Percent Change Since 2010: 337.5%
More on Laurel: Data | Cost Of Living

9. Miles City

Miles City, MT

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Population: 8,432
% African American: 0.33%
# Of African American Residents: 28
Percent Change Since 2010: -50.0%
More on Miles City: Data | Cost Of Living

10. Havre

Havre, MT

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Population: 9,332
% African American: 0.31%
# Of African American Residents: 29
Percent Change Since 2010: -66.67%
More on Havre: Data | Cost Of Living

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Montana With The Largest Black Population For 2024

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the Census. So that’s where we went to get the race breakdown across Montana.

That leads us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2018-2022 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 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 in Montana. That left us with 15 cities.

We then calculated the percentage of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 1.0% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percentage of the Black population, with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Great Falls took the distinction of being the most Black, while Whitefish was the least African American city.

We updated this article for 2024. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Montana with the largest African American population.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Montana 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 Montana

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Montana according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

The blackest cities in Montana are Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Lewistown, Bozeman, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Billings, Laurel, Miles City, and Havre.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Montana:

  1. Whitefish
  2. Sidney
  3. Livingston

For more Montana reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Montana

Rank City Population African American Population % African American
1 Great Falls 60,373 626 1.04%
2 Helena 32,529 271 0.83%
3 Missoula 74,627 529 0.71%
4 Lewistown 5,988 42 0.7%
5 Bozeman 53,500 342 0.64%
6 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 9,435 51 0.54%
7 Billings 117,093 616 0.53%
8 Laurel 7,181 35 0.49%
9 Miles City 8,432 28 0.33%
10 Havre 9,332 29 0.31%
11 Kalispell 25,473 63 0.25%
12 Belgrade 10,941 17 0.16%
13 Livingston 8,489 0 0.0%
14 Sidney 6,257 0 0.0%
15 Whitefish 8,098 0 0.0%
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2 thoughts on “The 10 Montana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2024

  1. WOW! It was a good read, but the title “The 10 BLACKEST Cities in Montana” felt a bit disrespectful. Don’t know if it was intentional due to the amount of viewers, or to attract a specific audience. Possibly titled for funny banter? As a black male living in the U.S., I had an opportunity to visit Montana with my wife while working in ND. I loved everything about the visit. Although our interactions with the people were minimal. We were there to view the state and take in God’s creation. I am hoping to have my own piece of property in that state one day, so I am doing my research. While I am not looking for areas with a predominately or large black community, it is good to know what to expect when making decisions such as buying property in an area that may not be friendly to “outsiders”. Freedom of speech does give you the right to title the article whatever you want, but if this was written to educate the African American community then it is definitely in bad taste. If it was to attract a specific audience, then kudos and God bless.

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