Vermont Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Vermont have the largest African American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Vermont with 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 7,602 – 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. 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Vermont? Burlington took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in vermont for 2020. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Vermont For 2020

Burlington, VT

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Population: 42,513
% African American: 5.11%
# Of African American Residents: 2,172
Percent Change Since 2010: 112.52%
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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.

Winooski, VT

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Population: 7,232
% African American: 2.92%
# Of African American Residents: 211
Percent Change Since 2010: -18.22%
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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.

St. Albans, VT

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Population: 6,824
% African American: 2.52%
# Of African American Residents: 172
Percent Change Since 2010: 290.91%
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Essex Junction, VT

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Population: 10,395
% African American: 2.41%
# Of African American Residents: 251
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.05%
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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.

South Burlington, VT

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Population: 18,975
% African American: 1.97%
# Of African American Residents: 373
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.34%
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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.

Montpelier, VT

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Population: 7,547
% African American: 1.93%
# Of African American Residents: 146
Percent Change Since 2010: 440.74%
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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.

Rutland, VT

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Population: 15,577
% African American: 1.31%
# Of African American Residents: 204
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.38%
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Barre, VT

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Population: 8,711
% African American: 1.11%
# Of African American Residents: 97
Percent Change Since 2010: 304.17%
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How We Determined The Cities In vermont With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 5.1% to 1.1%.

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 Barre was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Barre
  2. Rutland
  3. Montpelier

For more Vermont reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Vermont

Rank City % African American Population
1 Burlington 5.11% 42,513
2 Winooski 2.92% 7,232
3 St. Albans 2.52% 6,824
4 Essex Junction 2.41% 10,395
5 South Burlington 1.97% 18,975
6 Montpelier 1.93% 7,547
7 Rutland 1.31% 15,577
8 Barre 1.11% 8,711

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