The 10 Vermont Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2024

The most African American cities in Vermont are Winooski and Burlington for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Most African American cities in Vermont research summary. We used Saturday Night Science to analyze Vermont’s most recent Census data to determine the blackest cities in Vermont based on the percentage of Black residents. Here are the results of our analysis:

  • The city with the largest African American population in Vermont is Winooski based on the most recent Census data.

  • Winooski is 4.86% Black.

  • The least African American city in Vermont is Barre.

  • Barre is 0.39% Black.

  • Vermont is 1.2% Black.

  • Vermont is the 46th blackest state in the United States.

Cities With Highest Black Population In Vermont Map

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Black community is one of the fastest-growing communities in America this decade.

Roughly 42 million people identifying as Black or African American live in the United States, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Vermont is 7,548 – at 1.2% 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. Most scholars and historians agree that increasing 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 2024:

What’s the blackest city in Vermont? The city with the largest Black population in Vermont for 2024 is Winooski. See if Winooski ranked as one of the most african american places 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Vermont For 2024

1. Winooski

Winooski, VT

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Population: 8,122
% African American: 4.86%
# Of African American Residents: 395
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.1%
More on Winooski: Data | Cost Of Living

2. Burlington

Burlington, VT

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Population: 44,646
% African American: 3.61%
# Of African American Residents: 1,612
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.73%
More on Burlington: Data | Cost Of Living

3. Essex Junction

Essex Junction, VT

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Population: 10,646
% African American: 3.38%
# Of African American Residents: 360
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.71%
More on Essex Junction: Data | Cost Of Living

4. South Burlington

South Burlington, VT

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Population: 20,241
% African American: 1.83%
# Of African American Residents: 371
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.63%
More on South Burlington: Data | Cost Of Living

5. St. Albans

St. Albans, VT

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Population: 6,891
% African American: 0.68%
# Of African American Residents: 47
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.82%
More on St. Albans: Data | Cost Of Living

6. Rutland

Rutland, VT

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Population: 15,819
% African American: 0.59%
# Of African American Residents: 94
Percent Change Since 2010: -26.56%
More on Rutland: Data | Cost Of Living

7. Montpelier

Montpelier, VT

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Population: 8,030
% African American: 0.56%
# Of African American Residents: 45
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.67%
More on Montpelier: Data | Cost Of Living

8. Barre

Barre, VT

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Population: 8,488
% African American: 0.39%
# Of African American Residents: 33
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.5%
More on Barre: Data | Cost Of Living

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Vermont With The Largest Black Population For 2024

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the Census. So that’s where we went to get the race breakdown across Vermont.

That leads us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2018-2022 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 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 in Vermont. That left us with 8 cities.

We then calculated the percentage of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 4.9% to 0.4%.

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

We updated this article for 2024. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Vermont with the largest African American population.

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.

Summary: 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.

The blackest cities in Vermont are Winooski, Burlington, Essex Junction, and South Burlington.

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

  1. Barre
  2. Montpelier
  3. Rutland

For more Vermont reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Vermont

Rank City Population African American Population % African American
1 Winooski 8,122 395 4.86%
2 Burlington 44,646 1,612 3.61%
3 Essex Junction 10,646 360 3.38%
4 South Burlington 20,241 371 1.83%
5 St. Albans 6,891 47 0.68%
6 Rutland 15,819 94 0.59%
7 Montpelier 8,030 45 0.56%
8 Barre 8,488 33 0.39%
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