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There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:
- 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?
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.
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Cities In Michigan With The Largest Native American Population For 2022
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*
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:
- St. Clair
- Eaton Rapids
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What Are The Most Native American Places In Michigan?
|Rank||City||% Native American|
|1||Sault Ste. Marie||11.55%|
|59||East Grand Rapids||0.24%|
|75||Grosse Pointe Park||0.19%|
|99||St. Clair Shores||0.11%|