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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado is 29,337 - at 0.5% of the total population of Colorado.

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

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

  1. Durango
  2. Cortez
  3. Fruita
  4. Alamosa
  5. Trinidad
  6. Avon
  7. Sterling
  8. Delta
  9. Montrose
  10. Craig

Which city in Colorado had the largest Native American population?

Durango took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Colorado for 2022. 6.53% of Durango identify as Native American.

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

To see where Colorado 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 Colorado or the most diverse places in Colorado.

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Cities In Colorado With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Durango, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,413
% Native American: 6.53%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,268
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.19%
More on Durango: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cortez, CO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,729
% Native American: 6.13%
# Of Native American Residents: 535
Percent Change Since 2010: -58.78%
More on Cortez: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fruita, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,068
% Native American: 2.64%
# Of Native American Residents: 371
Percent Change Since 2010: 642.0%
More on Fruita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alamosa, CO

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,360
% Native American: 1.92%
# Of Native American Residents: 180
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Alamosa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trinidad, CO

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,076
% Native American: 1.46%
# Of Native American Residents: 118
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.82%
More on Trinidad: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Avon, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,711
% Native American: 1.46%
# Of Native American Residents: 98
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Avon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sterling, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,421
% Native American: 1.31%
# Of Native American Residents: 189
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.0%
More on Sterling: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Delta, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,893
% Native American: 1.26%
# Of Native American Residents: 112
Percent Change Since 2010: 433.33%
More on Delta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Montrose, CO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,396
% Native American: 1.1%
# Of Native American Residents: 214
Percent Change Since 2010: 2277.78%
More on Montrose: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Craig, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,978
% Native American: 0.98%
# Of Native American Residents: 88
Percent Change Since 2010: -30.16%
More on Craig: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Colorado 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 Colorado.

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 71 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 6.53% 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. Durango took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Glenwood Springs was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Colorado 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 Colorado

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

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

  1. Glenwood Springs
  2. Eagle
  3. John

For more Colorado reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Colorado?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Durango 6.53% 19,413
2 Cortez 6.13% 8,729
3 Fruita 2.64% 14,068
4 Alamosa 1.92% 9,360
5 Trinidad 1.46% 8,076
6 Avon 1.46% 6,711
7 Sterling 1.31% 14,421
8 Delta 1.26% 8,893
9 Montrose 1.1% 19,396
10 Craig 0.98% 8,978
11 Woodland Park 0.92% 7,943
12 Pueblo 0.77% 111,776
13 Lamar 0.75% 7,598
14 Fort Collins 0.61% 166,069
15 Sheridan 0.61% 6,072
16 Windsor 0.61% 23,679
17 Northglenn 0.59% 39,201
18 Longmont 0.59% 95,864
19 Brush 0.57% 5,408
20 Brighton 0.57% 38,355
21 Lakewood 0.57% 155,733
22 Westminster 0.49% 114,832
23 Fountain 0.47% 30,240
24 Loveland 0.44% 81,774
25 Superior 0.44% 13,292
26 Castle Rock 0.41% 65,176
27 Grand Junction 0.41% 62,218
28 Cherry Hills Village 0.4% 6,680
29 Englewood 0.4% 34,840
30 Denver 0.4% 715,878
31 Aurora 0.38% 379,434
32 Golden 0.38% 20,391
33 Broomfield 0.36% 69,444
34 Estes Park 0.35% 6,504
35 Parker 0.34% 55,460
36 Edgewater 0.33% 5,410
37 Arvada 0.33% 120,229
38 Federal Heights 0.33% 13,537
39 Centennial 0.32% 111,331
40 Colorado Springs 0.32% 471,686
41 Wheat Ridge 0.31% 31,889
42 Littleton 0.28% 46,208
43 Lone Tree 0.28% 13,381
44 Thornton 0.26% 144,186
45 Commerce City 0.26% 55,891
46 La Junta 0.22% 6,907
47 Greeley 0.21% 107,445
48 Boulder 0.19% 108,777
49 Greenwood Village 0.19% 15,100
50 Firestone 0.17% 13,165
51 Frederick 0.16% 10,414
52 Carbondale 0.15% 6,658
53 Evans 0.14% 22,128
54 Fort Lupton 0.13% 8,600
55 Fort Morgan 0.11% 11,311
56 Gunnison 0.11% 6,653
57 Erie 0.08% 27,157
58 Lafayette 0.08% 27,952
59 Steamboat Springs 0.05% 13,048
60 Louisville 0.02% 19,342
61 Wellington 0.0% 8,651
62 Vail 0.0% 5,614
63 Aspen 0.0% 7,721
64 Gypsum 0.0% 7,049
65 Salida 0.0% 5,543
66 Rifle 0.0% 9,771
67 Berthoud 0.0% 8,574
68 Milliken 0.0% 7,862
69 John 0.0% 14,357
70 Eagle 0.0% 6,896
71 Glenwood Springs 0.0% 10,048

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