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


We used science and data to determine which cities in Vermont 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 Vermont is 7,050 – at 1.1% of the total population of Vermont.

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

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

  1. Burlington (Photos)
  2. Winooski (Photos)
  3. Essex Junction (Photos)
  4. South Burlington (Photos)
  5. Montpelier (Photos)
  6. Barre (Photos)
  7. St. Albans (Photos)
  8. Rutland (Photos)

Burlington took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Vermont 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 Vermont 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 Vermont or the most diverse places in Vermont.

How We Determined The Cities In Vermont 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 Vermont.

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 8 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 4.7% to 0.8%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in Vermont 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. Burlington

Burlington, Vermont

Population: 42,556
% African American: 4.7%
# Of African American Residents: 2,002
Percent Change Since 2010: 95.89%
More on Burlington: Data | Jobs

Burlington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Chittenden County. It is located 45 miles south of the Canada-United States border and 94 miles south of Canada’s second most populous municipality, Montreal. The city’s population was 42,452 according to a 2015 U.S. census estimate. It is the least populous municipality in the United States to be the most populous incorporated area in a state.

2. Winooski

Winooski, Vermont

Population: 7,209
% African American: 4.11%
# Of African American Residents: 296
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.73%
More on Winooski: Data | Jobs

Winooski is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. Located on the Winooski River, as of the 2010 U.S. Census the municipal population was 7,267. The city is the most densely populated municipality in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is the smallest in area of Vermont’s nine incorporated cities. As part of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area, it is bordered by Burlington, Colchester, and South Burlington.

3. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, Vermont

Population: 9,922
% African American: 2.84%
# Of African American Residents: 282
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.89%
More on Essex Junction: Data | Jobs

Essex Junction is a village located within the town of Essex in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. The population was 9,271 at the 2010 census. It was incorporated on November 15, 1892.

4. South Burlington

South Burlington, Vermont

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,704
% African American: 2.5%
# Of African American Residents: 467
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.44%
More on South Burlington: Data | Jobs

South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. It is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and home to the headquarters of Ben & Jerry’s and Vermont’s largest mall, the University Mall. It is also one in the principal municipalities of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area.

5. Montpelier

Montpelier, Vermont

Population: 7,662
% African American: 1.91%
# Of African American Residents: 146
Percent Change Since 2010: 440.74%
More on Montpelier: Data | Jobs

Montpelier is the capital city of the U.S. state of Vermont and the seat of Washington County. As the site of Vermont’s state government, it is the least populous state capital in the United States. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census. However, the daytime population swells to about 21,000, due to the large number of jobs within city limits. The Vermont College of Fine Arts and New England Culinary Institute are located in the municipality. It was named for Montpellier, France.

6. Barre

Barre, Vermont

Population: 8,831
% African American: 1.08%
# Of African American Residents: 95
Percent Change Since 2010: 295.83%
More on Barre: Data | Jobs

7. St. Albans

St. Albans, Vermont

Population: 6,858
% African American: 1.06%
# Of African American Residents: 73
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.91%
More on St. Albans: Data | Jobs

8. Rutland

Rutland, Vermont

Population: 15,921
% African American: 0.82%
# Of African American Residents: 131
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.34%
More on Rutland: Data | Jobs

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Vermont

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

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

  1. Rutland
  2. St. Albans
  3. Barre

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Vermont

Rank City Population % African American
1 Burlington 42,556 4.7%
2 Winooski 7,209 4.11%
3 Essex Junction 9,922 2.84%
4 South Burlington 18,704 2.5%
5 Montpelier 7,662 1.91%
6 Barre 8,831 1.08%
7 St. Albans 6,858 1.06%
8 Rutland 15,921 0.82%

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