These Are The 10 North Dakota Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Dakota 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 North Dakota is 14,492 – at 2.0% of the total population of North Dakota.

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 North Dakota? Which cities and towns in North Dakota have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in North Dakota with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Fargo (Photos)
  2. Minot (Photos)
  3. Williston (Photos)
  4. Grand Forks (Photos)
  5. West Fargo (Photos)
  6. Dickinson
  7. Bismarck (Photos)
  8. Valley City (Photos)
  9. Jamestown (Photos)
  10. Wahpeton (Photos)

Fargo took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in North Dakota for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where North Dakota 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 North Dakota or the most diverse places in North Dakota.

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How We Determined The Cities In North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

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 6,000 people. That left us with 12 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 4.5% to 0.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Fargo took the distinction of being the most Black, while Devils Lake was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in North Dakota 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. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Population: 115,950
% African American: 4.54%
# Of African American Residents: 5,267
Percent Change Since 2010: 130.5%

2. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Population: 47,338
% African American: 3.1%
# Of African American Residents: 1,466
Percent Change Since 2010: 116.22%

3. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Population: 23,902
% African American: 3.09%
# Of African American Residents: 738
Percent Change Since 2010: 4512.5%

4. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 55,831
% African American: 3.0%
# Of African American Residents: 1,675
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.66%

5. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Population: 31,557
% African American: 2.52%
# Of African American Residents: 794
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.87%

6. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Population: 21,985
% African American: 2.04%
# Of African American Residents: 448
Percent Change Since 2010: 530.99%

7. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Population: 68,981
% African American: 1.46%
# Of African American Residents: 1,006
Percent Change Since 2010: 271.22%

8. Valley City

Valley City, North Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,615
% African American: 1.33%
# Of African American Residents: 88
Percent Change Since 2010: 2833.33%

9. Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

Population: 15,441
% African American: 1.29%
# Of African American Residents: 199
Percent Change Since 2010: 306.12%

10. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, North Dakota

Population: 7,844
% African American: 1.06%
# Of African American Residents: 83
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.1%

There You Have It – Black Populations Across North Dakota

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

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

  1. Devils Lake
  2. Mandan
  3. Wahpeton

For more North Dakota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In North Dakota

City Rank Population % African American
Fargo 1 115,950 4.54%
Minot 2 47,338 3.1%
Williston 3 23,902 3.09%
Grand Forks 4 55,831 3.0%
West Fargo 5 31,557 2.52%
Dickinson 6 21,985 2.04%
Bismarck 7 68,981 1.46%
Valley City 8 6,615 1.33%
Jamestown 9 15,441 1.29%
Wahpeton 10 7,844 1.06%
Mandan 11 20,613 0.89%
Devils Lake 12 7,299 0.05%

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