The 10 Louisiana Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2023


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana is 21,492 - at 0.5% of the total population of Louisiana.

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

The 10 Cities In Louisiana With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

  1. Houma
  2. Patterson
  3. Marksville
  4. Jennings
  5. Morgan City
  6. Oakdale
  7. Ruston
  8. Franklin
  9. Thibodaux
  10. Pineville

Which city in Louisiana had the largest Native American population?

Houma took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Louisiana for 2023. 4.43% of Houma identify as Native American.

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

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

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Cities In Louisiana With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

Houma, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 33,461
% Native American: 4.43%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,481
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.47%
More on Houma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Patterson, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,928
% Native American: 1.72%
# Of Native American Residents: 102
Percent Change Since 2010: 131.82%
More on Patterson: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,118
% Native American: 1.47%
# Of Native American Residents: 75
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.88%
More on Marksville: Real Estate | Data

Jennings, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 9,836
% Native American: 1.36%
# Of Native American Residents: 134
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Jennings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Morgan City, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,525
% Native American: 1.14%
# Of Native American Residents: 131
Percent Change Since 2010: -37.02%
More on Morgan City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oakdale, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,092
% Native American: 1.09%
# Of Native American Residents: 77
Percent Change Since 2010: -26.67%
More on Oakdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ruston, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 22,286
% Native American: 1.03%
# Of Native American Residents: 229
Percent Change Since 2010: 1426.67%
More on Ruston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,811
% Native American: 0.68%
# Of Native American Residents: 46
Percent Change Since 2010: 76.92%
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Thibodaux, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 15,242
% Native American: 0.62%
# Of Native American Residents: 95
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.4%
More on Thibodaux: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pineville, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 14,653
% Native American: 0.61%
# Of Native American Residents: 89
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.81%
More on Pineville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

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 Louisiana.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2017-2021 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 58 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 4.43% 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. Houma took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Zachary was the least Native American city.

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

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

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

  1. Zachary
  2. Gonzales
  3. Eunice

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Louisiana?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Houma 4.43% 33,461
2 Patterson 1.72% 5,928
3 Marksville 1.47% 5,118
4 Jennings 1.36% 9,836
5 Morgan City 1.14% 11,525
6 Oakdale 1.09% 7,092
7 Ruston 1.03% 22,286
8 Franklin 0.68% 6,811
9 Thibodaux 0.62% 15,242
10 Pineville 0.61% 14,653
11 Sulphur 0.6% 21,490
12 West Monroe 0.59% 13,103
13 Leesville 0.49% 5,666
14 Slidell 0.41% 28,537
15 Minden 0.4% 12,145
16 Alexandria 0.36% 45,736
17 Hammond 0.34% 19,374
18 Shreveport 0.33% 189,374
19 Scott 0.3% 8,200
20 St. Gabriel 0.3% 7,046
21 Abbeville 0.28% 11,313
22 Kenner 0.27% 66,411
23 Westwego 0.22% 8,538
24 Rayne 0.22% 7,332
25 Bossier City 0.2% 63,168
26 Natchitoches 0.2% 18,105
27 Gretna 0.2% 17,836
28 Lake Charles 0.19% 83,444
29 Covington 0.19% 11,155
30 Mandeville 0.16% 12,985
31 Ville Platte 0.15% 6,488
32 Baton Rouge 0.15% 225,539
33 Lafayette 0.15% 122,469
34 New Orleans 0.1% 383,974
35 New Iberia 0.1% 28,844
36 Opelousas 0.09% 15,884
37 Baker 0.07% 12,736
38 Deridder 0.07% 10,060
39 Breaux Bridge 0.06% 7,711
40 Monroe 0.06% 48,105
41 Carencro 0.05% 9,531
42 Central 0.0% 29,746
43 St. Martinville 0.0% 5,602
44 Walker 0.0% 6,322
45 Bastrop 0.0% 9,879
46 Tallulah 0.0% 6,357
47 Youngsville 0.0% 15,167
48 Harahan 0.0% 9,137
49 Bogalusa 0.0% 10,921
50 Broussard 0.0% 12,960
51 Ponchatoula 0.0% 7,729
52 Plaquemine 0.0% 6,187
53 Crowley 0.0% 11,916
54 Denham Springs 0.0% 9,389
55 Donaldsonville 0.0% 6,834
56 Eunice 0.0% 9,589
57 Gonzales 0.0% 12,080
58 Zachary 0.0% 19,278

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