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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Nevada 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 Nevada 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 Nevada 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 Nevada is 25,928 - at 0.9% of the total population of Nevada.

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

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

  1. Yerington
  2. Elko
  3. Ely
  4. Sun Valley
  5. Battle Mountain
  6. Dayton
  7. Carson City
  8. Indian Hills
  9. Fernley
  10. Winnemucca

Which city in Nevada had the largest Native American population?

Yerington took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Nevada for 2022. 5.14% of Yerington identify as Native American.

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

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

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Cities In Nevada With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Yerington, NV

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Population: 3,190
% Native American: 5.14%
# Of Native American Residents: 164
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.12%
More on Yerington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,396
% Native American: 3.31%
# Of Native American Residents: 676
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.42%
More on Elko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ely, NV

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Population: 3,993
% Native American: 3.21%
# Of Native American Residents: 128
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.57%
More on Ely: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Population: 21,179
% Native American: 2.7%
# Of Native American Residents: 572
Percent Change Since 2010: 236.47%
More on Sun Valley: Real Estate | Data

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Population: 3,908
% Native American: 2.23%
# Of Native American Residents: 87
Percent Change Since 2010: -43.51%
More on Battle Mountain: Real Estate | Data

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Population: 14,258
% Native American: 2.13%
# Of Native American Residents: 303
Percent Change Since 2010: 203.0%
More on Dayton: Real Estate | Data

Carson City, NV

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6
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Population: 55,244
% Native American: 1.94%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,073
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.65%
More on Carson City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Population: 6,173
% Native American: 1.85%
# Of Native American Residents: 114
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.79%
More on Indian Hills: Real Estate | Data

Fernley, NV

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6
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Population: 20,616
% Native American: 1.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 366
Percent Change Since 2010: 185.94%
More on Fernley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winnemucca, NV

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7
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Population: 7,752
% Native American: 1.69%
# Of Native American Residents: 131
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.39%
More on Winnemucca: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Nevada 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 Nevada.

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 44 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 5.14% 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. Yerington took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Gardnerville was the least Native American city.

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

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

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

  1. Gardnerville
  2. Kingsbury
  3. Laughlin

For more Nevada reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Nevada?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Yerington 5.14% 3,190
2 Elko 3.31% 20,396
3 Ely 3.21% 3,993
4 Sun Valley 2.7% 21,179
5 Battle Mountain 2.23% 3,908
6 Dayton 2.13% 14,258
7 Carson City 1.94% 55,244
8 Indian Hills 1.85% 6,173
9 Fernley 1.78% 20,616
10 Winnemucca 1.69% 7,752
11 Lemmon Valley 1.52% 5,183
12 Fallon 1.39% 8,540
13 Gardnerville Ranchos 1.29% 11,432
14 Tonopah 1.23% 2,192
15 Silver Springs 1.16% 4,910
16 Spanish Springs 0.95% 15,820
17 Sparks 0.88% 102,895
18 Reno 0.87% 250,903
19 Johnson Lane 0.86% 6,043
20 Moapa Valley 0.81% 6,708
21 Mesquite 0.73% 19,087
22 Pahrump 0.71% 38,390
23 Hawthorne 0.69% 2,734
24 Whitney 0.69% 44,488
25 Incline Village 0.62% 9,160
26 Paradise 0.62% 193,150
27 Sunrise Manor 0.6% 198,187
28 Cold Springs 0.52% 10,704
29 North Las Vegas 0.46% 247,248
30 Winchester 0.44% 36,302
31 Las Vegas 0.39% 644,594
32 Enterprise 0.37% 214,591
33 Spring Valley 0.35% 218,697
34 Henderson 0.33% 309,955
35 Boulder City 0.33% 16,048
36 Spring Creek 0.3% 14,510
37 Nellis Afb 0.13% 3,770
38 Minden 0.12% 3,409
39 Summerlin South 0.03% 28,716
40 Washoe Valley 0.0% 2,724
41 West Wendover 0.0% 4,271
42 Laughlin 0.0% 7,997
43 Kingsbury 0.0% 2,041
44 Gardnerville 0.0% 6,013

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