Minnesota Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Minnesota with the largest Native American population.

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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 Minnesota 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 minnesota is 53,168 – at 1.0% of the total population of minnesota.

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

Here are the 10 cities in minnesota with the largest Native American population in 2020:

  1. Bemidji (Photos)
  2. Cloquet (Photos)
  3. Redwood Falls (Photos)
  4. Virginia (Photos)
  5. Detroit Lakes (Photos)
  6. International Falls (Photos)
  7. Morris (Photos)
  8. Red Wing (Photos)
  9. Thief River Falls (Photos)
  10. Duluth (Photos)

Which city in minnesota had the largest Native American population?

Bemidji took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in minnesota for 2020. 13.29% of Bemidji identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Cities In Minnesota With The Largest Native American Population For 2020

Bemidji, MN

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Population: 14,803
% Native American: 13.29%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,968
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.51%
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Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County, in north west Minnesota, United States. With a population of 14,301 as of July 1, 2016, it is the largest commercial center between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota. Bemidji houses many Native American services, including the Indian Health Service. The city is the central hub of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, White Earth Indian Reservation and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Bemidji lies on the south west shore of Lake Bemidji, the northernmost lake feeding the Mississippi River and as such is deemed “The First City On The Mississippi.” Bemidji is also the self proclaimed “curling capital” of the U.S. and birth place of Paul Bunyan

Review Of Minnesota by HomeSnacks User

Came up to Bemidji,MN for school seemed like a nice quaint town. And first year of school was great… at least up until the end. End of 2nd semester of college I broke my jaw… ok it sucked but the town was nice still. Boy was i wrong. Cant find a decent paying job, moved tword the police station and within the first 3 months in the house it was broken into and a shooting happened close to where I live. Not to mention I had a gun pulled out on me. The job market it terrible. Cant find a job and the ones you can find dont allow you to save money. They pay so little and rent is high being it is a college town. If you are thinking about moving here I’d suggest you dont, unless you have a specific skill or trade you get a job offer for. And I’m not talking selling drugs. Huge homeless problem along with M**h and H****n. I give it a 2 star being it is not the worst place I have ever lived. I’m from a city where 1+ murder not including all the other shootings in one night is not out of the ordinary. It is beautiful up here, if you live in the right area you can keep away from all the stealing and drug abusers. There is alot of nothing up here and alot of lakes for fishing and public land for hunting. But with the huge drug trade not even 40 miles north in Red lake, the problem with people stealing babies from the hospital here, the very live s*x trafficking around the area, and all of the nothingness, I’d be willing to bet more goes on here that meets the eye.

I basically said everything I have to say about bemidji. Not the worse town in America if your in the right places. It really is not that bad on the surface, but if you dont have a trade or skill to get work. Prepare to become traped in this cold h**l hole.

Cloquet, MN

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Population: 11,965
% Native American: 9.81%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,174
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.1%
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Cloquet kloh-KAY) is a city in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highway 33. A portion of the city lies within the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation and also serves as one of three administrative centers for the Indian Reservation. The population was 12,124 at the 2010 census.

Redwood Falls, MN

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Population: 5,031
% Native American: 6.04%
# Of Native American Residents: 304
Percent Change Since 2010: 289.74%
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Redwood Falls is a city in Redwood County, located along the Redwood River near its confluence with the Minnesota River, in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 5,254 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.

Virginia, MN

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Population: 8,570
% Native American: 5.39%
# Of Native American Residents: 462
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.9%
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Virginia is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States, on the Mesabi Iron Range. The population was 8,712 at the 2010 census. According to a water tower in the middle of town, the city’s nickname is the “Queen City”, or “Queen City of the North”.

Review Of Minnesota by HomeSnacks User

Virginia suffers the same way much of rural America does. The iron mines used to be the biggest employeer, but a combination of higher competition and more efficient production methods have killed many of the jobs. Combine the unemployment and high levels of drug use and a breeding ground for property crime has emerged. By and large, the locals are friendly, but rather aloof. Any newcomers may feel a bit lonely and will likely have to make an effort to establish meaningful relationships. Houses are remarkably low priced, so if you do manage to find a good paying job, you will be able to find a house at a fraction of the cost you would pay almost anywhere else.

The Good- In the summer the two lakes in the town are lovely. Lots of ducks, geese, and even some loons and swans. The mine pits have some wonderful overlooks on them as well. The town also has some interesting sculptures, artwork, and a nice park.

The Bad- Drug use is quite high for a town of it’s size. Good paying jobs are very hard to find. The number of car thefts and break-ins are ridiculous for such a small town. The local hospital, while trying their best, has an awful reputation for care.

The Ugly- Some of the streets are in terrible condition and the downtown and local mall are filled with empty storefronts. The city infrastructure is in very rough shape. One hundred year old steam pipes have breaks and cracks all over.

The Really Ugly- Winters are a b***h. If you cannot tolerate snow and cold, you will not last more than a year or two. Snow can last until May, and January temps can get down to -30.

Detroit Lakes, MN

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Population: 9,078
% Native American: 3.79%
# Of Native American Residents: 344
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.9%
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Detroit Lakes is a city in the State of Minnesota and the county seat of Becker County. The population was 8,569 at the 2010 census. Its unofficial population during summer months is much higher, estimated by citizens to peak at 13,000 midsummer, due to seasonal residents and tourists.

International Falls, MN

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Population: 6,121
% Native American: 3.61%
# Of Native American Residents: 221
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.42%
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International Falls is a city in and the county seat of Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,424 at the 2010 census.

Morris, MN

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Population: 5,326
% Native American: 2.31%
# Of Native American Residents: 123
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.91%
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Morris is a city in Stevens County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,286 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.

Red Wing, MN

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Population: 16,334
% Native American: 2.04%
# Of Native American Residents: 333
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.77%
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Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, along the upper Mississippi River. The population was 16,459 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Goodhue County.

Thief River Falls, MN

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Population: 8,769
% Native American: 1.82%
# Of Native American Residents: 160
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.03%
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Thief River Falls, also called Thief River or TRF, is a city in Pennington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 8,573 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.

Duluth, MN

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Population: 86,066
% Native American: 1.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,535
Percent Change Since 2010: -34.96%
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Duluth is a major port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of Saint Louis County. Duluth has a population of 86,293 and is the second-largest city on Lake Superior’s shores, after Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Canada; it has the largest metropolitan area on the lake. The Duluth MSA had a population of 279,771 in 2010, the second-largest in Minnesota.

Review Of Minnesota by HomeSnacks User

Duluth is an awesome city in Northern Minnesota. It’s amazing in the Autumn because the trees turn fiery colors. The forest becomes a rainbow of fall colors. I also love sitting on the shore of Lake Superior and watching the crashing waves. It’s also fun to go down to the harbor and watch the giant ships pass through the channel. In the summertime you might be lucky if you get to see the Ancient Maritime ships. Duluth is also the home of Glensheen Manor, which is truly haunted, but is also famous for the movie with Patty Duke, “You’ll Like My Mother”. Duluth is a pretty hilly city. It’s not flat at all as far as driving. There are a lot of unique victorian houses.

Favorite places would be the Maritime museum, watching the seagulls s****h food from people’s hands. Also the Duluth Zoo and walking along the boardwalk. It’s also just a hop, skip, and jump from Superior Wisconsin. The ship wrecks are really cool too!

How We Determined The Cities In minnesota With The Largest Native American Population For 2020

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 minnesota.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2014-2018 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 139 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 13.29% 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. Bemidji took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Kasson was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in minnesota 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.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Minnesota

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Native American places in Minnesota:

  1. Kasson
  2. Orono
  3. Oak Grove

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Minnesota?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Bemidji 13.29% 14,803
2 Cloquet 9.81% 11,965
3 Redwood Falls 6.04% 5,031
4 Virginia 5.39% 8,570
5 Detroit Lakes 3.79% 9,078
6 International Falls 3.61% 6,121
7 Morris 2.31% 5,326
8 Red Wing 2.04% 16,334
9 Thief River Falls 1.82% 8,769
10 Duluth 1.78% 86,066
11 Brainerd 1.78% 13,394
12 Prior Lake 1.68% 25,452
13 Monticello 1.65% 13,316
14 Waseca 1.61% 9,151
15 New Prague 1.43% 7,598
16 Hermantown 1.42% 9,603
17 Grand Rapids 1.14% 11,099
18 St. Anthony 1.06% 8,930
19 Moorhead 1.06% 41,801
20 Minneapolis 1.04% 411,452
21 Columbia Heights 1.01% 19,823
22 Faribault 0.89% 23,577
23 Belle Plaine 0.88% 6,935
24 Baxter 0.85% 7,988
25 Shakopee 0.83% 40,024
26 East Grand Forks 0.81% 8,614
27 Fridley 0.8% 27,573
28 St. Cloud 0.78% 67,093
29 Spring Lake Park 0.75% 6,535
30 Golden Valley 0.75% 21,208
31 Mounds View 0.74% 12,872
32 Crookston 0.71% 7,780
33 Blaine 0.69% 62,453
34 Montevideo 0.68% 5,165
35 East Bethel 0.66% 11,733
36 New Hope 0.66% 20,909
37 Alexandria 0.65% 13,203
38 St. Paul 0.64% 300,820
39 Fergus Falls 0.64% 13,606
40 Roseville 0.63% 35,624
41 Mahtomedi 0.6% 8,005
42 Anoka 0.58% 17,374
43 Robbinsdale 0.56% 14,446
44 St. Michael 0.5% 17,128
45 Marshall 0.5% 13,706
46 Hopkins 0.49% 18,217
47 Worthington 0.47% 13,142
48 Chaska 0.46% 25,578
49 Cottage Grove 0.45% 35,902
50 Oakdale 0.44% 27,972
51 Crystal 0.42% 22,910
52 St. Joseph 0.42% 6,862
53 Hastings 0.41% 22,620
54 Mankato 0.4% 41,241
55 Hibbing 0.39% 16,183
56 Lino Lakes 0.39% 20,950
57 South St. Paul 0.38% 20,280
58 Ham Lake 0.37% 16,119
59 Forest Lake 0.36% 19,406
60 Elk River 0.35% 23,924
61 Big Lake 0.34% 10,516
62 Arden Hills 0.34% 10,250
63 New Brighton 0.34% 22,440
64 Eagan 0.33% 66,102
65 St. Louis Park 0.33% 48,124
66 Mound 0.33% 9,380
67 White Bear Lake 0.31% 25,411
68 Hutchinson 0.31% 13,836
69 Little Canada 0.31% 10,321
70 St. Peter 0.31% 11,682
71 Brooklyn Park 0.3% 79,462
72 Plymouth 0.3% 76,258
73 Richfield 0.3% 35,993
74 North Branch 0.29% 10,241
75 West St. Paul 0.28% 19,750
76 Maplewood 0.27% 40,127
77 Brooklyn Center 0.27% 30,885
78 Coon Rapids 0.26% 62,342
79 Shorewood 0.25% 7,696
80 Winona 0.25% 27,153
81 Bloomington 0.24% 85,417
82 Eden Prairie 0.23% 63,660
83 Lake City 0.23% 5,154
84 Owatonna 0.22% 25,613
85 Otsego 0.2% 15,630
86 Rochester 0.2% 112,683
87 Burnsville 0.2% 61,302
88 Hugo 0.18% 14,415
89 Northfield 0.18% 20,297
90 Cambridge 0.17% 8,462
91 Apple Valley 0.16% 51,109
92 Champlin 0.16% 24,209
93 Edina 0.16% 50,603
94 Inver Grove Heights 0.15% 34,976
95 Litchfield 0.15% 6,645
96 Savage 0.15% 30,011
97 Waite Park 0.15% 7,457
98 St. Francis 0.15% 7,475
99 Ramsey 0.15% 25,853
100 Woodbury 0.15% 67,648

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