The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine the cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina is 108,223 - at 1.0% of the total population of North Carolina.

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

The 10 Cities In North Carolina With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

  1. Lumberton
  2. Laurinburg
  3. Mills River
  4. Hamlet
  5. Hope Mills
  6. Clinton
  7. Roanoke Rapids
  8. Brevard
  9. Oak Ridge
  10. Woodfin

Which city in North Carolina had the largest Native American population?

Lumberton took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in North Carolina for 2022. 13.72% of Lumberton identify as Native American.

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

To see where North Carolina 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 North Carolina or the most diverse places in North Carolina.

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Cities In North Carolina With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Lumberton, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 20,704
% Native American: 13.72%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,841
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.42%
More on Lumberton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurinburg, NC

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2
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Population: 15,118
% Native American: 7.71%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,166
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.97%
More on Laurinburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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6
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Population: 7,319
% Native American: 2.9%
# Of Native American Residents: 212
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Mills River: Real Estate | Data

Hamlet, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 6,366
% Native American: 2.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 156
Percent Change Since 2010: 140.0%
More on Hamlet: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hope Mills, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 15,972
% Native American: 2.41%
# Of Native American Residents: 385
Percent Change Since 2010: 101.57%
More on Hope Mills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clinton, NC

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5
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Population: 8,480
% Native American: 1.5%
# Of Native American Residents: 127
Percent Change Since 2010: 122.81%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roanoke Rapids, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 14,562
% Native American: 1.41%
# Of Native American Residents: 206
Percent Change Since 2010: 320.41%
More on Roanoke Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brevard, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 7,841
% Native American: 1.21%
# Of Native American Residents: 95
Percent Change Since 2010: 955.56%
More on Brevard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Ridge, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,979
% Native American: 1.17%
# Of Native American Residents: 82
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Oak Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodfin, NC

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,689
% Native American: 1.08%
# Of Native American Residents: 72
Percent Change Since 2010: 300.0%
More on Woodfin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 13.72% 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. Lumberton took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Albemarle was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina

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

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

  1. Albemarle
  2. Selma
  3. Siler City

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In North Carolina?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Lumberton 13.72% 20,704
2 Laurinburg 7.71% 15,118
3 Mills River 2.9% 7,319
4 Hamlet 2.45% 6,366
5 Hope Mills 2.41% 15,972
6 Clinton 1.5% 8,480
7 Roanoke Rapids 1.41% 14,562
8 Brevard 1.21% 7,841
9 Oak Ridge 1.17% 6,979
10 Woodfin 1.08% 6,689
11 Rockingham 0.96% 8,771
12 Aberdeen 0.93% 7,862
13 Waynesville 0.92% 10,145
14 Tarboro 0.91% 10,806
15 Leland 0.9% 21,903
16 Kernersville 0.82% 24,876
17 Spring Lake 0.8% 12,093
18 Fayetteville 0.79% 211,201
19 Hillsborough 0.78% 7,162
20 Harrisburg 0.75% 16,073
21 Graham 0.71% 15,168
22 Washington 0.63% 9,555
23 Boone 0.59% 19,466
24 Lexington 0.55% 18,970
25 Oak Island 0.54% 8,118
26 Whiteville 0.5% 5,348
27 Lenoir 0.5% 17,909
28 Weddington 0.47% 11,000
29 Carrboro 0.45% 21,254
30 Havelock 0.45% 19,927
31 Lewisville 0.43% 14,030
32 Henderson 0.43% 15,127
33 Carolina Beach 0.43% 6,324
34 Morganton 0.42% 16,517
35 Greensboro 0.42% 294,395
36 Conover 0.41% 8,488
37 Dunn 0.41% 9,738
38 Asheville 0.4% 92,328
39 High Point 0.4% 112,434
40 Roxboro 0.4% 8,323
41 Mount Airy 0.39% 10,213
42 Newton 0.39% 13,106
43 Lincolnton 0.39% 11,099
44 Monroe 0.38% 35,339
45 Matthews 0.38% 32,682
46 Concord 0.35% 94,147
47 Clemmons 0.35% 20,574
48 Cary 0.33% 169,177
49 Morehead City 0.31% 9,495
50 Indian Trail 0.3% 39,644
51 Belmont 0.29% 12,292
52 Kinston 0.29% 20,173
53 New Bern 0.29% 29,985
54 Oxford 0.28% 8,812
55 Wilson 0.28% 49,310
56 Apex 0.28% 55,220
57 Greenville 0.27% 92,826
58 Charlotte 0.24% 873,570
59 Salisbury 0.24% 33,961
60 Raleigh 0.23% 469,698
61 Black Mountain 0.23% 8,177
62 Wesley Chapel 0.23% 9,287
63 Wilmington 0.22% 122,162
64 Jacksonville 0.21% 74,313
65 Pineville 0.21% 8,923
66 Williamston 0.21% 5,251
67 Butner 0.21% 7,779
68 Asheboro 0.2% 25,877
69 Archdale 0.2% 11,738
70 Sawmills 0.19% 5,201
71 Goldsboro 0.19% 34,610
72 Holly Springs 0.19% 36,595
73 Mebane 0.19% 15,564
74 Winston-Salem 0.18% 245,787
75 Smithfield 0.18% 12,697
76 Durham 0.18% 276,341
77 Garner 0.18% 30,345
78 Rocky Mount 0.17% 54,330
79 Southern Pines 0.17% 14,347
80 Marion 0.17% 7,853
81 Clayton 0.16% 23,179
82 Wadesboro 0.15% 5,273
83 Fuquay-Varina 0.14% 29,110
84 Reidsville 0.14% 13,928
85 Elizabeth City 0.14% 17,725
86 Waxhaw 0.14% 16,165
87 Chapel Hill 0.13% 61,912
88 Hendersonville 0.12% 14,020
89 Trinity 0.12% 6,619
90 Mooresville 0.12% 38,498
91 Morrisville 0.11% 27,582
92 Sanford 0.11% 29,758
93 Gastonia 0.08% 76,635
94 Burlington 0.08% 54,534
95 Thomasville 0.08% 26,834
96 Huntersville 0.07% 57,288
97 Statesville 0.06% 27,114
98 Pinehurst 0.05% 16,382
99 Gibsonville 0.04% 7,232
100 Hickory 0.04% 41,067

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