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


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 2022. This is our ninth 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 13,378 - 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 2022

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

Which city in Nebraska had the largest Native American population?

South Sioux City took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Nebraska for 2022. 2.41% of South Sioux City 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 2022

South Sioux City, NE

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Population: 12,867
% Native American: 2.41%
# Of Native American Residents: 310
Percent Change Since 2010: -19.69%
More on South Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scottsbluff, NE

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Population: 14,660
% Native American: 2.33%
# Of Native American Residents: 342
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.58%
More on Scottsbluff: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ralston, NE

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8.5
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Population: 7,305
% Native American: 1.67%
# Of Native American Residents: 122
Percent Change Since 2010: 577.78%
More on Ralston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norfolk, NE

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Population: 24,410
% Native American: 1.57%
# Of Native American Residents: 383
Percent Change Since 2010: 95.41%
More on Norfolk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holdrege, NE

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8.5
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Population: 5,406
% Native American: 1.46%
# Of Native American Residents: 79
Percent Change Since 2010: 507.69%
More on Holdrege: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alliance, NE

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Population: 8,139
% Native American: 1.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 118
Percent Change Since 2010: -55.47%
More on Alliance: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chadron, NE

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8
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Population: 5,482
% Native American: 0.84%
# Of Native American Residents: 46
Percent Change Since 2010: -65.15%
More on Chadron: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Platte, NE

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Population: 23,734
% Native American: 0.74%
# Of Native American Residents: 176
Percent Change Since 2010: 486.67%
More on North Platte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gering, NE

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8
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Population: 8,179
% Native American: 0.66%
# Of Native American Residents: 54
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Gering: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crete, NE

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6
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Population: 7,013
% Native American: 0.48%
# Of Native American Residents: 34
Percent Change Since 2010: -78.21%
More on Crete: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 31 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 2.41% 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. South Sioux City 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. Schuyler
  3. Plattsmouth

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What Are The Most Native American Places In Nebraska?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 South Sioux City 2.41% 12,867
2 Scottsbluff 2.33% 14,660
3 Ralston 1.67% 7,305
4 Norfolk 1.57% 24,410
5 Holdrege 1.46% 5,406
6 Alliance 1.45% 8,139
7 Chadron 0.84% 5,482
8 North Platte 0.74% 23,734
9 Gering 0.66% 8,179
10 Crete 0.48% 7,013
11 Lincoln 0.47% 286,388
12 Sidney 0.47% 6,451
13 Beatrice 0.46% 12,282
14 Grand Island 0.43% 51,250
15 Fremont 0.37% 26,362
16 Omaha 0.35% 479,529
17 Papillion 0.31% 24,310
18 Bellevue 0.3% 63,970
19 Columbus 0.27% 23,291
20 York 0.23% 7,810
21 Hastings 0.23% 24,878
22 Lexington 0.22% 10,069
23 La Vista 0.19% 17,081
24 Nebraska City 0.19% 7,270
25 Wayne 0.14% 5,603
26 Kearney 0.14% 33,783
27 Seward 0.12% 7,210
28 Mccook 0.09% 7,555
29 Plattsmouth 0.08% 6,453
30 Schuyler 0.0% 6,269
31 Blair 0.0% 7,830

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