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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana is 62,720 - at 5.9% of the total population of Montana.

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

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

  1. Lame Deer
  2. North Browning
  3. Pablo
  4. Hardin
  5. Wolf Point
  6. Cut Bank
  7. Polson
  8. Havre
  9. Colstrip
  10. Shelby

Which city in Montana had the largest Native American population?

Lame Deer took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Montana for 2022. 94.54% of Lame Deer identify as Native American.

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

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

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Cities In Montana With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Lame Deer, MT

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Population: 2,288
% Native American: 94.54%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,163
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.93%
More on Lame Deer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Population: 2,862
% Native American: 88.99%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,547
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.21%
More on North Browning: Real Estate | Data

Pablo, MT

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Population: 2,032
% Native American: 50.59%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,028
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.26%
More on Pablo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hardin, MT

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6
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Population: 3,777
% Native American: 46.62%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,761
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.9%
More on Hardin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wolf Point, MT

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4
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Population: 2,739
% Native American: 45.2%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.96%
More on Wolf Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cut Bank, MT

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5
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Population: 3,049
% Native American: 25.19%
# Of Native American Residents: 768
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.91%
More on Cut Bank: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Polson, MT

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4
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Population: 5,033
% Native American: 17.07%
# Of Native American Residents: 859
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.75%
More on Polson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Havre, MT

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 9,739
% Native American: 9.98%
# Of Native American Residents: 972
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.2%
More on Havre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Colstrip, MT

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 2,335
% Native American: 9.89%
# Of Native American Residents: 231
Percent Change Since 2010: 99.14%
More on Colstrip: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Shelby, MT

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6
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Population: 2,875
% Native American: 9.67%
# Of Native American Residents: 278
Percent Change Since 2010: 100.0%
More on Shelby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Montana 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 Montana.

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 2,000 people. That left us with 47 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 94.54% 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. Lame Deer took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Four Corners was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Montana 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 Montana

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Native American places in Montana:

  1. Four Corners
  2. Lolo
  3. Deer Lodge

For more Montana reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Montana?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Lame Deer 94.54% 2,288
2 North Browning 88.99% 2,862
3 Pablo 50.59% 2,032
4 Hardin 46.62% 3,777
5 Wolf Point 45.2% 2,739
6 Cut Bank 25.19% 3,049
7 Polson 17.07% 5,033
8 Havre 9.98% 9,739
9 Colstrip 9.89% 2,335
10 Shelby 9.67% 2,875
11 Great Falls 4.58% 58,717
12 Malta 4.52% 2,058
13 Billings 4.04% 109,705
14 Orchard Homes 3.16% 5,480
15 Helena Valley Northwest 3.15% 4,256
16 Sidney 3.1% 6,351
17 Libby 2.9% 2,758
18 Lockwood 2.52% 8,206
19 Hamilton 1.76% 4,827
20 Belgrade 1.74% 9,184
21 Dillon 1.73% 4,333
22 Lewistown 1.55% 5,923
23 Helena Valley Southeast 1.54% 8,546
24 Townsend 1.54% 2,080
25 Malmstrom Afb 1.54% 3,902
26 Glasgow 1.41% 3,332
27 Helena Valley West Central 1.41% 8,042
28 Conrad 1.37% 2,624
29 Missoula 1.36% 74,994
30 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 1.35% 9,153
31 Columbia Falls 1.13% 5,651
32 Helena 1.09% 32,655
33 Montana City 1.06% 2,821
34 Whitefish 0.9% 8,032
35 Kalispell 0.88% 23,935
36 Miles City 0.82% 8,372
37 Bozeman 0.8% 48,330
38 Bigfork 0.8% 4,733
39 Glendive 0.8% 5,030
40 Helena Valley Northeast 0.63% 3,519
41 Laurel 0.54% 6,797
42 Red Lodge 0.52% 2,134
43 Evergreen 0.14% 8,416
44 Livingston 0.13% 7,696
45 Deer Lodge 0.0% 2,893
46 Lolo 0.0% 4,064
47 Four Corners 0.0% 4,859

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