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


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 2023. This is our tenth 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 39,462 - 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 2023

  1. Sault Ste. Marie
  2. Escanaba
  3. Dowagiac
  4. Mount Pleasant
  5. Kingsford
  6. St. Joseph
  7. Iron Mountain
  8. Muskegon Heights
  9. Petoskey
  10. Center Line

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 2023. 11.49% 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 2023

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,523
% Native American: 11.49%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,554
Percent Change Since 2010: -36.88%
More on Sault Ste. Marie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Escanaba, MI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,439
% Native American: 2.7%
# Of Native American Residents: 336
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.0%
More on Escanaba: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dowagiac, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,731
% Native American: 2.13%
# Of Native American Residents: 122
Percent Change Since 2010: -18.12%
More on Dowagiac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Pleasant, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,880
% Native American: 1.83%
# Of Native American Residents: 401
Percent Change Since 2010: -24.62%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kingsford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,159
% Native American: 1.73%
# Of Native American Residents: 89
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Kingsford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Joseph, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 7,868
% Native American: 1.64%
# Of Native American Residents: 129
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.29%
More on St. Joseph: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Iron Mountain, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,516
% Native American: 1.57%
# Of Native American Residents: 118
Percent Change Since 2010: 280.65%
More on Iron Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Muskegon Heights, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,058
% Native American: 1.5%
# Of Native American Residents: 151
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Muskegon Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Petoskey, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,856
% Native American: 1.37%
# Of Native American Residents: 80
Percent Change Since 2010: -54.8%
More on Petoskey: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Center Line, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,515
% Native American: 1.29%
# Of Native American Residents: 110
Percent Change Since 2010: 511.11%
More on Center Line: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Michigan 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 Michigan.

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 148 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 11.49% 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 Zeeland 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. Zeeland
  2. Richmond
  3. Northville

For more Michigan reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Michigan?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Sault Ste. Marie 11.49% 13,523
2 Escanaba 2.7% 12,439
3 Dowagiac 2.13% 5,731
4 Mount Pleasant 1.83% 21,880
5 Kingsford 1.73% 5,159
6 St. Joseph 1.64% 7,868
7 Iron Mountain 1.57% 7,516
8 Muskegon Heights 1.5% 10,058
9 Petoskey 1.37% 5,856
10 Center Line 1.29% 8,515
11 Big Rapids 1.16% 9,105
12 Davison 1.06% 5,103
13 St. Johns 1.0% 7,700
14 Flushing 0.92% 8,356
15 Ironwood 0.91% 5,147
16 Ecorse 0.86% 9,328
17 Norton Shores 0.85% 25,040
18 Wayne 0.83% 17,624
19 Houghton 0.82% 7,675
20 Ludington 0.82% 7,728
21 Niles 0.74% 11,929
22 Albion 0.72% 8,061
23 Monroe 0.69% 20,344
24 Manistee 0.67% 6,230
25 Gladstone 0.65% 5,210
26 Muskegon 0.59% 37,632
27 Howell 0.58% 10,025
28 Hamtramck 0.54% 27,548
29 Traverse City 0.53% 15,263
30 Ferndale 0.53% 19,414
31 Ishpeming 0.51% 6,223
32 Lincoln Park 0.49% 39,741
33 Mount Clemens 0.47% 15,735
34 Fraser 0.44% 14,703
35 Burton 0.41% 29,532
36 Lansing 0.4% 113,592
37 New Baltimore 0.4% 12,147
38 Lapeer 0.39% 8,911
39 Marquette 0.39% 20,561
40 Coldwater 0.36% 13,764
41 Westland 0.35% 84,961
42 Eastpointe 0.34% 34,148
43 Midland 0.33% 42,425
44 Ann Arbor 0.33% 122,731
45 Pontiac 0.32% 61,498
46 Owosso 0.32% 14,708
47 Flint 0.32% 83,312
48 Harper Woods 0.31% 15,287
49 Woodhaven 0.31% 12,889
50 Detroit 0.3% 645,658
51 Flat Rock 0.3% 10,439
52 Charlotte 0.29% 9,224
53 Saline 0.29% 9,072
54 Battle Creek 0.28% 52,434
55 Grand Rapids 0.27% 197,858
56 Taylor 0.27% 63,071
57 Wixom 0.27% 16,853
58 Berkley 0.26% 15,234
59 Portage 0.26% 48,767
60 Menominee 0.25% 8,449
61 Auburn Hills 0.25% 24,202
62 Wyoming 0.24% 76,625
63 East Lansing 0.24% 47,427
64 River Rouge 0.23% 7,257
65 Greenville 0.23% 9,057
66 Highland Park 0.23% 9,304
67 Hazel Park 0.22% 15,213
68 Bay City 0.22% 32,824
69 Holly 0.22% 6,031
70 Romulus 0.21% 24,977
71 Warren 0.21% 138,996
72 Troy 0.2% 86,912
73 Springfield 0.19% 5,268
74 St. Louis 0.19% 7,435
75 Kentwood 0.19% 53,884
76 Hastings 0.19% 7,480
77 Grand Haven 0.18% 10,935
78 Ionia 0.18% 11,655
79 Roseville 0.18% 47,692
80 Holland 0.17% 34,067
81 Farmington Hills 0.17% 83,749
82 Sterling Heights 0.17% 134,062
83 Beverly Hills 0.17% 10,593
84 Alma 0.17% 9,426
85 Port Huron 0.16% 29,009
86 Wyandotte 0.16% 24,992
87 Jackson 0.16% 31,810
88 Alpena 0.16% 10,181
89 Marysville 0.15% 9,925
90 Dearborn Heights 0.15% 62,334
91 Kalamazoo 0.14% 74,020
92 Grandville 0.14% 16,043
93 Livonia 0.14% 95,294
94 Hillsdale 0.13% 8,196
95 Ypsilanti 0.13% 20,448
96 Mason 0.12% 8,307
97 Eaton Rapids 0.12% 5,211
98 Novi 0.11% 65,369
99 Grosse Pointe Farms 0.11% 10,018
100 Garden City 0.11% 27,268

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