Special Report

The Biggest Native American Population in Every State


To identify the largest Native American population in every state, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the number of residents in each state who self-identify as American Indian and Alaskan Native from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 5-year American Community Survey (ACS). We were not able to consider tribes not tabulated by the Census such as Abenaki, Catawba, Eastern Tribes, Kickapoo, Mattaponi, Quapaw, Shawnee, and Yuchi.

The category of American Indian and Alaskan Native includes people who indicate their race as “American Indian or Alaska Native” or report entries such as Navajo, Blackfeet, Inupiat, Yup’ik, or Central American Indian groups, or South American Indian groups. Generally, such individuals have origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment. 

State-level data for population also came from the ACS for 2018. The figure for state residents who self-identify as American Indian takes into account only state residents who self-identify as American Indian from a specific tribe, not the number of state residents who identify American Indian as part of their heritage.

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