The 10 California Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine the cities in California with the largest Native American population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in California with the largest Native American population.

There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:

  1. White
  2. Hispanic
  3. African American

But those are only the major races, there's a whole bunch of other races people are interested in knowing about.

And today, we are going to look at the percent of the population in California that are Native American.

Native Americans are not a major portion of the current American Population, but they are still very important.

There are now over 2 million people who identify as Native American living in America, making up .65% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population in California is 131,724 - at 0.3% of the total population of California.

So, what how does the Native American population stratify across California? Which cities and towns in California have seen the greatest increase in their Native American population?

The 10 Cities In California With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

  1. Yreka
  2. Anderson
  3. Clearlake
  4. Crescent City
  5. Arcata
  6. Shasta Lake
  7. Chowchilla
  8. Susanville
  9. Coalinga
  10. Redding

Which city in California had the largest Native American population?

Yreka took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in California for 2022. 4.39% of Yreka identify as Native American.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where California 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 Native American, check out the best places to live in California or the most diverse places in California.

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Cities In California With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Yreka, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 7,589
% Native American: 4.39%
# Of Native American Residents: 333
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.79%
More on Yreka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Anderson, CA

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6
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Population: 10,479
% Native American: 3.86%
# Of Native American Residents: 404
Percent Change Since 2010: 88.79%
More on Anderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clearlake, CA

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3
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Population: 15,329
% Native American: 2.89%
# Of Native American Residents: 443
Percent Change Since 2010: 115.05%
More on Clearlake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crescent City, CA

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5
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Population: 6,690
% Native American: 2.87%
# Of Native American Residents: 192
Percent Change Since 2010: -28.36%
More on Crescent City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Arcata, CA

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5
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Population: 18,266
% Native American: 2.53%
# Of Native American Residents: 462
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.51%
More on Arcata: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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6
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Population: 10,235
% Native American: 2.33%
# Of Native American Residents: 238
Percent Change Since 2010: 103.42%
More on Shasta Lake: Real Estate | Data

Chowchilla, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 18,443
% Native American: 2.32%
# Of Native American Residents: 427
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.42%
More on Chowchilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Susanville, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,922
% Native American: 2.11%
# Of Native American Residents: 315
Percent Change Since 2010: -62.63%
More on Susanville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coalinga, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,252
% Native American: 1.96%
# Of Native American Residents: 338
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.94%
More on Coalinga: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redding, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 92,025
% Native American: 1.94%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,783
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.22%
More on Redding: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In California With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

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 California.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2016-2020 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 American Indian and Alaska Native alone.

We limited our analysis to places with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 421 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 4.39% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of American Indian and Alaska Native population with a higher score being more American Indian and Alaska Native than a lower score. Yreka took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Truckee was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in California ranked by population of American Indian and Alaska Native residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Summary: Native American Populations Across California

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Native American places in California:

  1. Truckee
  2. Hillsborough
  3. Holtville

For more California reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In California?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Yreka 4.39% 7,589
2 Anderson 3.86% 10,479
3 Clearlake 2.89% 15,329
4 Crescent City 2.87% 6,690
5 Arcata 2.53% 18,266
6 Shasta Lake 2.33% 10,235
7 Chowchilla 2.32% 18,443
8 Susanville 2.11% 14,922
9 Coalinga 1.96% 17,252
10 Redding 1.94% 92,025
11 Huron 1.75% 7,084
12 Fortuna 1.63% 12,135
13 Cloverdale 1.57% 8,854
14 Eureka 1.55% 26,938
15 Ukiah 1.52% 15,963
16 Big Bear Lake 1.49% 5,302
17 Red Bluff 1.48% 14,091
18 Oroville 1.35% 19,659
19 California City 1.34% 14,001
20 Barstow 1.33% 23,547
21 Fort Bragg 1.2% 7,279
22 Willows 1.16% 6,053
23 Hughson 1.1% 7,545
24 Exeter 1.07% 10,433
25 Yuba City 1.04% 66,660
26 Desert Hot Springs 1.02% 29,280
27 Corning 1.01% 7,589
28 Banning 0.99% 30,276
29 Calimesa 0.98% 9,156
30 Paradise 0.96% 17,560
31 La Puente 0.93% 39,780
32 San Jacinto 0.92% 48,786
33 Ridgecrest 0.92% 28,905
34 Windsor 0.89% 27,635
35 Porterville 0.86% 59,056
36 American Canyon 0.82% 20,256
37 Gustine 0.82% 5,748
38 Corcoran 0.82% 22,078
39 Rancho Mirage 0.8% 18,537
40 Calipatria 0.79% 7,260
41 Orland 0.78% 7,843
42 San Fernando 0.76% 24,244
43 Yucca Valley 0.76% 21,701
44 Oakdale 0.75% 22,932
45 Commerce 0.73% 12,738
46 Palm Springs 0.7% 48,390
47 Oakley 0.69% 41,656
48 Colusa 0.69% 6,111
49 Ceres 0.68% 48,355
50 Arroyo Grande 0.66% 17,924
51 Marysville 0.66% 12,467
52 Palmdale 0.65% 153,240
53 Twentynine Palms 0.63% 26,748
54 Lompoc 0.58% 42,753
55 Modesto 0.58% 214,485
56 Menlo Park 0.57% 35,211
57 Hemet 0.57% 84,686
58 Wildomar 0.57% 36,091
59 Blythe 0.55% 19,747
60 Imperial Beach 0.54% 27,334
61 Tulare 0.53% 64,546
62 Santa Rosa 0.52% 178,391
63 Fairfield 0.52% 116,544
64 Solvang 0.51% 5,644
65 Woodland 0.51% 59,759
66 Fillmore 0.51% 15,631
67 Capitola 0.51% 10,090
68 Cathedral City 0.5% 54,812
69 El Cerrito 0.5% 25,280
70 Placerville 0.5% 10,954
71 Yucaipa 0.49% 54,358
72 Sanger 0.48% 26,744
73 San Marcos 0.47% 96,219
74 Brentwood 0.47% 63,013
75 Hermosa Beach 0.46% 19,147
76 Fresno 0.46% 526,147
77 West Sacramento 0.46% 53,574
78 Atascadero 0.46% 30,444
79 Santee 0.46% 57,407
80 Calabasas 0.45% 23,842
81 Rohnert Park 0.44% 42,559
82 Manteca 0.44% 81,078
83 Apple Valley 0.43% 73,339
84 Live Oak 0.43% 8,794
85 Palm Desert 0.43% 53,087
86 Wasco 0.43% 27,553
87 Vacaville 0.43% 99,958
88 Brawley 0.42% 25,942
89 Alhambra 0.42% 84,509
90 Chico 0.42% 98,683
91 Avenal 0.41% 13,033
92 Albany 0.41% 20,145
93 Visalia 0.41% 133,100
94 San Buenaventura (Ventura) 0.41% 108,467
95 Burbank 0.41% 103,411
96 Beaumont 0.4% 48,272
97 Rosemead 0.4% 53,850
98 Montclair 0.4% 40,041
99 Citrus Heights 0.4% 87,665
100 Hollister 0.39% 40,100

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