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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky is 7,075 - at 0.2% of the total population of Kentucky.

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

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

  1. Elsmere
  2. Leitchfield
  3. Paducah
  4. Jeffersontown
  5. Hopkinsville
  6. Madisonville
  7. Berea
  8. Pikeville
  9. Dayton
  10. Elizabethtown

Which city in Kentucky had the largest Native American population?

Elsmere took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Kentucky for 2022. 0.75% of Elsmere identify as Native American.

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

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

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Cities In Kentucky With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

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Population: 8,617
% Native American: 0.75%
# Of Native American Residents: 65
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Elsmere: Real Estate | Data

Leitchfield, KY

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5
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Population: 6,789
% Native American: 0.75%
# Of Native American Residents: 51
Percent Change Since 2010: 264.29%
More on Leitchfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paducah, KY

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5
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Population: 24,947
% Native American: 0.67%
# Of Native American Residents: 167
Percent Change Since 2010: 183.05%
More on Paducah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jeffersontown, KY

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8.5
/10

Population: 27,933
% Native American: 0.56%
# Of Native American Residents: 156
Percent Change Since 2010: 231.91%
More on Jeffersontown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hopkinsville, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 31,052
% Native American: 0.52%
# Of Native American Residents: 160
Percent Change Since 2010: 263.64%
More on Hopkinsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madisonville, KY

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6
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Population: 18,801
% Native American: 0.41%
# Of Native American Residents: 77
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Madisonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Berea, KY

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5
/10

Population: 15,773
% Native American: 0.39%
# Of Native American Residents: 61
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Berea: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pikeville, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 6,642
% Native American: 0.38%
# Of Native American Residents: 25
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Pikeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dayton, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 5,550
% Native American: 0.34%
# Of Native American Residents: 19
Percent Change Since 2010: 375.0%
More on Dayton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elizabethtown, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,179
% Native American: 0.32%
# Of Native American Residents: 98
Percent Change Since 2010: 292.0%
More on Elizabethtown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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 75 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 0.75% 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. Elsmere took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Lebanon was the least Native American city.

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

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

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

  1. Lebanon
  2. Middletown
  3. Mayfield

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Kentucky?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Elsmere 0.75% 8,617
2 Leitchfield 0.75% 6,789
3 Paducah 0.67% 24,947
4 Jeffersontown 0.56% 27,933
5 Hopkinsville 0.52% 31,052
6 Madisonville 0.41% 18,801
7 Berea 0.39% 15,773
8 Pikeville 0.38% 6,642
9 Dayton 0.34% 5,550
10 Elizabethtown 0.32% 30,179
11 Henderson 0.28% 28,469
12 Highland Heights 0.26% 7,372
13 Richmond 0.24% 35,744
14 Corbin 0.24% 7,558
15 Fort Thomas 0.23% 16,335
16 Owensboro 0.22% 59,796
17 Danville 0.2% 16,801
18 Franklin 0.19% 8,909
19 Fort Wright 0.17% 5,766
20 Bowling Green 0.17% 71,628
21 Covington 0.15% 40,466
22 Independence 0.14% 28,119
23 Somerset 0.13% 11,548
24 Harrodsburg 0.13% 8,480
25 Lexington 0.12% 322,200
26 Georgetown 0.11% 34,362
27 Newport 0.11% 15,045
28 Ashland 0.09% 20,449
29 Morehead 0.09% 7,653
30 Maysville 0.09% 8,752
31 Frankfort 0.09% 27,705
32 St. Matthews 0.09% 18,022
33 Lyndon 0.09% 11,451
34 Louisville 0.09% 618,733
35 Middlesborough 0.09% 9,242
36 Monticello 0.08% 5,999
37 Villa Hills 0.08% 7,475
38 Radcliff 0.07% 22,796
39 London 0.07% 8,058
40 Mount Washington 0.07% 14,699
41 Nicholasville 0.06% 30,549
42 Winchester 0.06% 18,520
43 Shively 0.06% 15,723
44 Edgewood 0.05% 8,779
45 Shepherdsville 0.04% 13,757
46 Erlanger 0.04% 19,106
47 Murray 0.02% 19,254
48 Princeton 0.0% 6,087
49 Shelbyville 0.0% 16,244
50 Paris 0.0% 9,776
51 Taylor Mill 0.0% 6,805
52 Union 0.0% 5,988
53 Versailles 0.0% 9,251
54 Williamsburg 0.0% 5,266
55 Russellville 0.0% 7,056
56 Alexandria 0.0% 9,600
57 Oak Grove 0.0% 7,332
58 Flatwoods 0.0% 7,143
59 Bardstown 0.0% 13,169
60 Bellevue 0.0% 5,786
61 Campbellsville 0.0% 11,370
62 Central City 0.0% 5,770
63 Cold Spring 0.0% 6,481
64 Cynthiana 0.0% 6,270
65 Douglass Hills 0.0% 5,713
66 Florence 0.0% 32,721
67 Mount Sterling 0.0% 7,190
68 Fort Mitchell 0.0% 8,278
69 Glasgow 0.0% 14,394
70 Hillview 0.0% 9,066
71 La Grange 0.0% 8,938
72 Lawrenceburg 0.0% 11,416
73 Mayfield 0.0% 9,823
74 Middletown 0.0% 7,885
75 Lebanon 0.0% 5,960

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