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 in the black population 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 (Photos)
  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. 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 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.

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.

1. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Population: 115,950
% African American: 4.54%
# Of African American Residents: 5,267
Percent Change Since 2010: 130.5%
More on Fargo: Data | Jobs

Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 16% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2016 United States Census estimates, its population was 120,762, making it the 229th-most populous city in the United States. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2016 contained a population of 238,124. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.

2. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Population: 47,338
% African American: 3.1%
# Of African American Residents: 1,466
Percent Change Since 2010: 116.22%
More on Minot: Data | Jobs

Minot MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as “Magic City”, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

3. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Population: 23,902
% African American: 3.09%
# Of African American Residents: 738
Percent Change Since 2010: 4512.5%
More on Williston: Data | Jobs

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

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%
More on Grand Forks: Data | Jobs

Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or The Grand Cities.

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%
More on West Fargo: Data | Jobs

West Fargo is a city in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. It is, as of the 2016 Census Estimates, the fifth largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population estimated at 34,858, and it is one of the state’s fastest growing cities. West Fargo was founded in 1926. The city is part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Population: 21,985
% African American: 2.04%
# Of African American Residents: 448
Percent Change Since 2010: 530.99%
More on Dickinson: Data | Jobs

Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stark County. The population was 17,787 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2015 population is 23,765.

7. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Population: 68,981
% African American: 1.46%
# Of African American Residents: 1,006
Percent Change Since 2010: 271.22%
More on Bismarck: Data | Jobs

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city’s population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

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%
More on Valley City: Data | Jobs

Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.

9. Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

Population: 15,441
% African American: 1.29%
# Of African American Residents: 199
Percent Change Since 2010: 306.12%
More on Jamestown: Data | Jobs

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.

10. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, North Dakota

Population: 7,844
% African American: 1.06%
# Of African American Residents: 83
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.1%
More on Wahpeton: Data | Jobs

Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s 2015 population was 7,899.

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

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

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