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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska is 13,017 - at 0.7% of the total population of Nebraska.

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

The 10 Cities In Nebraska With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

  1. Scottsbluff
  2. Alliance
  3. South Sioux City
  4. Schuyler
  5. Norfolk
  6. Crete
  7. Ralston
  8. Holdrege
  9. Sidney
  10. North Platte

Which city in Nebraska had the largest Native American population?

Scottsbluff took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Nebraska for 2023. 3.47% of Scottsbluff identify as Native American.

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

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

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Cities In Nebraska With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

Scottsbluff, NE

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Population: 14,511
% Native American: 3.47%
# Of Native American Residents: 503
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.22%
More on Scottsbluff: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alliance, NE

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Population: 8,141
% Native American: 2.58%
# Of Native American Residents: 210
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.75%
More on Alliance: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Sioux City, NE

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6
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Population: 13,796
% Native American: 1.64%
# Of Native American Residents: 226
Percent Change Since 2010: -41.45%
More on South Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Schuyler, NE

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Population: 6,526
% Native American: 1.5%
# Of Native American Residents: 98
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Schuyler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norfolk, NE

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7
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Population: 24,964
% Native American: 1.33%
# Of Native American Residents: 333
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.9%
More on Norfolk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crete, NE

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Population: 7,224
% Native American: 1.26%
# Of Native American Residents: 91
Percent Change Since 2010: -41.67%
More on Crete: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ralston, NE

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8.5
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Population: 6,453
% Native American: 1.26%
# Of Native American Residents: 81
Percent Change Since 2010: 350.0%
More on Ralston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holdrege, NE

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Population: 5,485
% Native American: 1.09%
# Of Native American Residents: 60
Percent Change Since 2010: 361.54%
More on Holdrege: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sidney, NE

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6
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Population: 6,473
% Native American: 0.97%
# Of Native American Residents: 63
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.04%
More on Sidney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Platte, NE

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6
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Population: 23,543
% Native American: 0.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 183
Percent Change Since 2010: 510.0%
More on North Platte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 31 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 3.47% to 0.01%.

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. Scottsbluff took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Blair was the least Native American city.

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

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

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

  1. Blair
  2. Seward
  3. Hastings

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Nebraska?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Scottsbluff 3.47% 14,511
2 Alliance 2.58% 8,141
3 South Sioux City 1.64% 13,796
4 Schuyler 1.5% 6,526
5 Norfolk 1.33% 24,964
6 Crete 1.26% 7,224
7 Ralston 1.26% 6,453
8 Holdrege 1.09% 5,485
9 Sidney 0.97% 6,473
10 North Platte 0.78% 23,543
11 Chadron 0.58% 5,376
12 Grand Island 0.42% 52,755
13 Lincoln 0.4% 289,136
14 Beatrice 0.33% 12,276
15 Omaha 0.33% 488,059
16 Kearney 0.31% 33,558
17 Bellevue 0.28% 62,888
18 Lexington 0.28% 10,325
19 Columbus 0.26% 23,954
20 Papillion 0.25% 23,875
21 La Vista 0.24% 16,786
22 York 0.17% 8,091
23 Wayne 0.17% 5,847
24 Gering 0.15% 8,521
25 Nebraska City 0.14% 7,206
26 Fremont 0.12% 27,245
27 Mccook 0.09% 7,425
28 Plattsmouth 0.09% 6,558
29 Hastings 0.07% 25,247
30 Seward 0.05% 7,651
31 Blair 0.01% 7,725

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