These Are The 10 Montana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Montana have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Montana 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 Montana is 3,948 – at 0.4% 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. 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 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 2019:

  1. Great Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Billings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Miles City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Livingston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bozeman (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Kalispell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Missoula (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Havre (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Great Falls took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Montana for 2019. 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 Montana 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 Montana or the most diverse places in Montana.

How We Determined The Cities In Montana With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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 Montana.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 15 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 0.8% 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. Great Falls took the distinction of being the most Black, while Sidney was the least African American city.

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.

Great Falls, MT

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Population: 59,144
% African American: 0.85%
# Of African American Residents: 502
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.45%
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Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. The 2015 census estimate put the population at 59,638. The population was 58,505 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Cascade County and has a population of 82,278. Great Falls was the largest city in Montana from 1950 to 1970, when Billings surpassed it. Great Falls remained the second largest city in Montana until 2000, when it was passed by Missoula. Since then Great Falls has been the third largest city in the state.

Billings, MT

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Population: 109,082
% African American: 0.76%
# Of African American Residents: 825
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.64%
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Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has a trade area of over half a million people.

Miles City, MT

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Population: 8,610
% African American: 0.67%
# Of African American Residents: 58
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.57%
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Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States. The population was 8,410 at the 2010 census.

Livingston, MT

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Population: 7,294
% African American: 0.63%
# Of African American Residents: 46
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Livingston is a city and the county seat of Park County, Montana, United States. Livingston is located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River, north of Yellowstone National Park. The population was 7,044 at the 2010 census.

Bozeman, MT

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Population: 43,132
% African American: 0.58%
# Of African American Residents: 251
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.71%
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Bozeman is a city in and the seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States. Located in southwest Montana, the 2010 census put Bozeman’s population at 37,280 and by 2016 the population rose to 45,250, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. It is the principal city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of all of Gallatin County with a population of 97,304. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana-s statistical areas.

Helena, MT

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Population: 30,345
% African American: 0.52%
# Of African American Residents: 159
Percent Change Since 2010: 148.44%
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Helena is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.

Kalispell, MT

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Population: 21,992
% African American: 0.52%
# Of African American Residents: 115
Percent Change Since 2010: 379.17%
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Kalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell’s population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it is the largest city and commercial center of northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake”. Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.

Missoula, MT

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Population: 70,847
% African American: 0.47%
# Of African American Residents: 332
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.3%
More on Missoula: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. It is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the “hub of five valleys”. In 2016, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 72,364 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 116,130. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook GreatFalls as Montana-s secondlargest city, behind Billings. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university.

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, MT

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Population: 9,131
% African American: 0.37%
# Of African American Residents: 34
Percent Change Since 2010: -54.05%
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Deer Lodge County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,298. It forms a consolidated city-county government with its county seat of Anaconda. The county was founded in 1865.

Havre, MT

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Population: 9,763
% African American: 0.17%
# Of African American Residents: 17
Percent Change Since 2010: -80.46%
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Havre is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.

There You Have It – 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.

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

  1. Sidney
  2. Laurel
  3. Belgrade

For more Montana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Montana

Rank City % African American Population
1 Great Falls 0.85% 59,144
2 Billings 0.76% 109,082
3 Miles City 0.67% 8,610
4 Livingston 0.63% 7,294
5 Bozeman 0.58% 43,132
6 Helena 0.52% 30,345
7 Kalispell 0.52% 21,992
8 Missoula 0.47% 70,847
9 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 0.37% 9,131
10 Havre 0.17% 9,763
11 Lewistown 0.1% 5,942
12 Whitefish 0.01% 7,070
13 Belgrade 0.0% 8,026
14 Laurel 0.0% 6,885
15 Sidney 0.0% 6,491

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