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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan is 42,931 - at 0.4% of the total population of Michigan.

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

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

  1. Sault Ste. Marie
  2. Escanaba
  3. Dowagiac
  4. St. Joseph
  5. Mount Pleasant
  6. Manistee
  7. Iron Mountain
  8. Ludington
  9. Petoskey
  10. Houghton

Which city in Michigan had the largest Native American population?

Sault Ste. Marie took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Michigan for 2022. 11.55% of Sault Ste. Marie identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Cities In Michigan With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,526
% Native American: 11.55%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,562
Percent Change Since 2010: -36.56%
More on Sault Ste. Marie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Escanaba, MI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,180
% Native American: 3.18%
# Of Native American Residents: 387
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.57%
More on Escanaba: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dowagiac, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,695
% Native American: 2.05%
# Of Native American Residents: 117
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.48%
More on Dowagiac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Joseph, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,328
% Native American: 1.83%
# Of Native American Residents: 152
Percent Change Since 2010: 92.41%
More on St. Joseph: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Pleasant, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,290
% Native American: 1.6%
# Of Native American Residents: 405
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.87%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manistee, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,116
% Native American: 1.39%
# Of Native American Residents: 85
Percent Change Since 2010: -45.86%
More on Manistee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Iron Mountain, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,352
% Native American: 1.36%
# Of Native American Residents: 100
Percent Change Since 2010: 222.58%
More on Iron Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ludington, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,081
% Native American: 1.34%
# Of Native American Residents: 108
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.39%
More on Ludington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Petoskey, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,701
% Native American: 1.33%
# Of Native American Residents: 76
Percent Change Since 2010: -57.06%
More on Petoskey: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Houghton, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,805
% Native American: 1.33%
# Of Native American Residents: 104
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.4%
More on Houghton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Michigan 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 Michigan.

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 144 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 11.55% 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. Sault Ste. Marie took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while St. Clair was the least Native American city.

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

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

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

  1. St. Clair
  2. Milan
  3. Eaton Rapids

For more Michigan reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Michigan?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Sault Ste. Marie 11.55% 13,526
2 Escanaba 3.18% 12,180
3 Dowagiac 2.05% 5,695
4 St. Joseph 1.83% 8,328
5 Mount Pleasant 1.6% 25,290
6 Manistee 1.39% 6,116
7 Iron Mountain 1.36% 7,352
8 Ludington 1.34% 8,081
9 Petoskey 1.33% 5,701
10 Houghton 1.33% 7,805
11 Ecorse 1.26% 9,456
12 Center Line 1.17% 8,212
13 Monroe 1.07% 19,543
14 Big Rapids 1.02% 10,358
15 Traverse City 1.01% 15,525
16 Inkster 0.98% 24,398
17 Muskegon Heights 0.85% 10,735
18 Norton Shores 0.85% 24,557
19 Niles 0.83% 11,168
20 Coldwater 0.83% 12,203
21 Flushing 0.82% 7,891
22 Muskegon 0.77% 37,317
23 Wayne 0.75% 16,894
24 Mount Clemens 0.65% 16,212
25 Ferndale 0.62% 20,139
26 Hastings 0.62% 7,314
27 Fraser 0.58% 14,503
28 Lincoln Park 0.55% 36,525
29 Ishpeming 0.53% 6,433
30 Berkley 0.51% 15,352
31 New Baltimore 0.51% 12,333
32 Lansing 0.51% 117,488
33 Wyoming 0.5% 75,999
34 Midland 0.48% 41,922
35 Eastpointe 0.44% 32,221
36 Taylor 0.43% 61,164
37 Springfield 0.42% 5,188
38 Marquette 0.41% 20,631
39 Pontiac 0.41% 59,714
40 River Rouge 0.4% 7,465
41 Howell 0.39% 9,610
42 St. Louis 0.38% 7,156
43 Bay City 0.37% 32,892
44 Portage 0.37% 49,224
45 Battle Creek 0.37% 51,084
46 Westland 0.36% 81,713
47 Zeeland 0.34% 5,540
48 Saline 0.33% 9,296
49 Detroit 0.33% 672,351
50 Lapeer 0.3% 8,626
51 Menominee 0.28% 8,079
52 Madison Heights 0.28% 30,000
53 Wixom 0.27% 13,970
54 Melvindale 0.26% 10,300
55 Farmington Hills 0.26% 80,937
56 Auburn Hills 0.26% 23,984
57 Harper Woods 0.25% 13,829
58 Hillsdale 0.25% 8,073
59 East Grand Rapids 0.24% 11,855
60 Albion 0.24% 8,380
61 Flint 0.24% 95,999
62 Novi 0.23% 60,439
63 Grand Rapids 0.23% 199,417
64 Sterling Heights 0.23% 132,296
65 Ionia 0.22% 11,178
66 Marysville 0.22% 9,695
67 Roseville 0.21% 47,160
68 Beverly Hills 0.21% 10,378
69 Alpena 0.21% 9,987
70 Ann Arbor 0.21% 121,093
71 Hazel Park 0.21% 16,452
72 Dearborn Heights 0.2% 55,630
73 Holly 0.2% 6,151
74 Alma 0.19% 8,918
75 Grosse Pointe Park 0.19% 11,108
76 Grand Haven 0.18% 10,991
77 Saginaw 0.18% 48,407
78 Highland Park 0.18% 10,818
79 Port Huron 0.17% 28,918
80 Owosso 0.17% 14,476
81 Warren 0.16% 134,188
82 Flat Rock 0.16% 9,974
83 Rochester 0.16% 13,203
84 Grandville 0.16% 15,906
85 Holland 0.16% 33,329
86 Southfield 0.15% 72,966
87 East Lansing 0.15% 48,437
88 Jackson 0.14% 32,251
89 Mason 0.13% 8,441
90 Allen Park 0.13% 27,089
91 Wyandotte 0.13% 24,944
92 Adrian 0.13% 20,550
93 Plymouth 0.12% 9,168
94 Dearborn 0.12% 94,328
95 Burton 0.12% 28,598
96 Troy 0.12% 84,051
97 Kentwood 0.11% 51,780
98 Livonia 0.11% 93,970
99 St. Clair Shores 0.11% 59,184
100 Rochester Hills 0.1% 74,340

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