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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 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?

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

  1. Bemidji
  2. Cloquet
  3. International Falls
  4. Virginia
  5. Waseca
  6. Detroit Lakes
  7. St. Anthony
  8. East Grand Forks
  9. Thief River Falls
  10. Morris

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.

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.

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Cities In Minnesota With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Bemidji, MN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 15,277
% Native American: 8.42%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,287
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.39%
More on Bemidji: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cloquet, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,994
% Native American: 7.73%
# Of Native American Residents: 927
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.9%
More on Cloquet: Real Estate | Data | Photos

International Falls, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,876
% Native American: 3.25%
# Of Native American Residents: 191
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.9%
More on International Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Virginia, MN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,421
% Native American: 3.21%
# Of Native American Residents: 270
Percent Change Since 2010: -39.87%
More on Virginia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waseca, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,892
% Native American: 2.73%
# Of Native American Residents: 243
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Waseca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Detroit Lakes, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,229
% Native American: 2.52%
# Of Native American Residents: 233
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.63%
More on Detroit Lakes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Anthony, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,035
% Native American: 2.24%
# Of Native American Residents: 202
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on St. Anthony: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Grand Forks, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,555
% Native American: 2.2%
# Of Native American Residents: 188
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.05%
More on East Grand Forks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Thief River Falls, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,792
% Native American: 2.2%
# Of Native American Residents: 193
Percent Change Since 2010: 55.65%
More on Thief River Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Morris, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,320
% Native American: 1.71%
# Of Native American Residents: 91
Percent Change Since 2010: -28.91%
More on Morris: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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*
* 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 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:

  1. St. Francis
  2. Sartell
  3. Albertville

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Minnesota?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Bemidji 8.42% 15,277
2 Cloquet 7.73% 11,994
3 International Falls 3.25% 5,876
4 Virginia 3.21% 8,421
5 Waseca 2.73% 8,892
6 Detroit Lakes 2.52% 9,229
7 St. Anthony 2.24% 9,035
8 East Grand Forks 2.2% 8,555
9 Thief River Falls 2.2% 8,792
10 Morris 1.71% 5,320
11 Duluth 1.58% 85,852
12 Brainerd 1.58% 13,423
13 Red Wing 1.53% 16,366
14 Moorhead 1.41% 43,409
15 Montevideo 1.1% 5,071
16 Minneapolis 1.09% 424,536
17 New Prague 1.05% 8,022
18 Hermantown 0.96% 9,577
19 Grand Rapids 0.95% 11,218
20 Columbia Heights 0.95% 20,247
21 Minnetrista 0.94% 7,989
22 Fridley 0.89% 27,789
23 Anoka 0.83% 17,512
24 Crookston 0.82% 7,711
25 Baxter 0.76% 8,326
26 Prior Lake 0.72% 26,775
27 St. Paul 0.66% 305,877
28 Golden Valley 0.64% 21,611
29 Spring Lake Park 0.64% 6,582
30 Blaine 0.62% 65,048
31 Shakopee 0.59% 41,423
32 St. Louis Park 0.54% 48,874
33 East Bethel 0.52% 11,958
34 St. Cloud 0.5% 68,390
35 Chaska 0.49% 26,753
36 Worthington 0.47% 13,093
37 Hastings 0.47% 22,796
38 Arden Hills 0.46% 10,276
39 Faribault 0.46% 23,853
40 Farmington 0.43% 22,996
41 Owatonna 0.43% 25,716
42 Corcoran 0.43% 6,113
43 Monticello 0.4% 13,700
44 Lino Lakes 0.4% 21,748
45 Fergus Falls 0.39% 13,754
46 Roseville 0.37% 36,139
47 Willmar 0.35% 19,728
48 New Hope 0.35% 20,913
49 Brooklyn Center 0.35% 30,755
50 South St. Paul 0.34% 20,132
51 North Branch 0.33% 10,585
52 Maplewood 0.32% 40,684
53 Bloomington 0.32% 85,226
54 Hutchinson 0.32% 13,935
55 Shorewood 0.31% 7,939
56 Hibbing 0.31% 15,923
57 Forest Lake 0.31% 20,393
58 Rochester 0.31% 117,134
59 Ham Lake 0.31% 16,630
60 Maple Grove 0.3% 71,569
61 Oakdale 0.3% 27,925
62 New Brighton 0.3% 22,663
63 Mankato 0.3% 42,685
64 St. Joseph 0.3% 7,448
65 Plymouth 0.28% 78,879
66 Richfield 0.28% 36,253
67 Winona 0.28% 26,772
68 Mounds View 0.27% 13,193
69 Northfield 0.26% 20,399
70 Coon Rapids 0.26% 62,706
71 West St. Paul 0.25% 19,805
72 Crystal 0.24% 22,937
73 Andover 0.23% 33,019
74 Lakeville 0.22% 65,710
75 Mahtomedi 0.22% 8,232
76 Alexandria 0.21% 13,705
77 Hopkins 0.21% 18,400
78 Elk River 0.2% 24,894
79 Edina 0.2% 52,215
80 Eagan 0.2% 66,377
81 Waite Park 0.19% 7,719
82 Cottage Grove 0.19% 37,120
83 Austin 0.19% 25,180
84 St. Paul Park 0.19% 5,404
85 Marshall 0.18% 13,604
86 Buffalo 0.17% 16,413
87 Eden Prairie 0.17% 64,481
88 Robbinsdale 0.17% 14,393
89 Inver Grove Heights 0.15% 35,492
90 Litchfield 0.15% 6,640
91 Stillwater 0.15% 19,471
92 Cambridge 0.14% 8,975
93 Albert Lea 0.14% 17,804
94 Apple Valley 0.13% 53,728
95 Wyoming 0.13% 7,976
96 Champlin 0.12% 24,980
97 Stewartville 0.11% 6,123
98 Woodbury 0.11% 71,298
99 Brooklyn Park 0.11% 80,173
100 Big Lake 0.11% 11,085

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