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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 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 48,409 - at 0.9% 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?
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 2022. 8.42% 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.
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Cities In Minnesota With The Largest Native American Population For 2022
Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota 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 Minnesota.
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 138 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 8.42% 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 St. Francis 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.
Summary: 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:
- St. Francis
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What Are The Most Native American Places In Minnesota?
|Rank||City||% Native American|
|8||East Grand Forks||2.2%|
|9||Thief River Falls||2.2%|
|29||Spring Lake Park||0.64%|
|32||St. Louis Park||0.54%|
|50||South St. Paul||0.34%|
|71||West St. Paul||0.25%|
|84||St. Paul Park||0.19%|
|89||Inver Grove Heights||0.15%|