These Are The 10 Montana Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Montana 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 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 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 2018:

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

Great Falls took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Montana for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In Montana 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 Montana.

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 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.

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1. Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana

Population: 59,479
% African American: 0.82%
# Of African American Residents: 486
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.21%

2. Livingston

Livingston, Montana

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,210
% African American: 0.69%
# Of African American Residents: 50
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%

3. Billings

Billings, Montana

Population: 109,089
% African American: 0.69%
# Of African American Residents: 755
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.99%

4. Helena

Helena, Montana

Population: 30,102
% African American: 0.67%
# Of African American Residents: 201
Percent Change Since 2010: 214.06%

5. Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Population: 41,761
% African American: 0.64%
# Of African American Residents: 269
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.26%

6. Missoula

Missoula, Montana

Population: 70,117
% African American: 0.52%
# Of African American Residents: 363
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.6%

7. Miles City

Miles City, Montana

Population: 8,667
% African American: 0.46%
# Of African American Residents: 40
Percent Change Since 2010: -28.57%

8. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Montana

Population: 9,176
% African American: 0.35%
# Of African American Residents: 32
Percent Change Since 2010: -56.76%

9. Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana

Population: 21,619
% African American: 0.34%
# Of African American Residents: 74
Percent Change Since 2010: 208.33%

10. Lewistown

Lewistown, Montana

Population: 5,868
% African American: 0.1%
# Of African American Residents: 6
Percent Change Since 2010: -95.74%

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

City Rank Population % African American
Great Falls 1 59,479 0.82%
Livingston 2 7,210 0.69%
Billings 3 109,089 0.69%
Helena 4 30,102 0.67%
Bozeman 5 41,761 0.64%
Missoula 6 70,117 0.52%
Miles City 7 8,667 0.46%
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 8 9,176 0.35%
Kalispell 9 21,619 0.34%
Lewistown 10 5,868 0.1%
Havre 11 9,815 0.03%
Whitefish 12 6,859 0.01%
Belgrade 13 7,874 0.0%
Laurel 14 6,931 0.0%
Sidney 15 6,407 0.0%

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