The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in North Carolina with the largest Native American population.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh 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 112,504 - at 1.1% 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 2021

  1. Lumberton
  2. Laurinburg
  3. Mills River
  4. Hamlet
  5. Hillsborough
  6. Clinton
  7. Aberdeen
  8. Rockingham
  9. Woodfin
  10. Roanoke Rapids

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 2021. 12.79% 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 2021

Lumberton, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,928
% Native American: 12.79%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,676
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.15%
More on Lumberton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurinburg, NC

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 15,119
% Native American: 6.86%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,037
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.6%
More on Laurinburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,251
% Native American: 2.76%
# Of Native American Residents: 200
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Mills River: Real Estate | Data

Hamlet, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,331
% Native American: 2.12%
# Of Native American Residents: 134
Percent Change Since 2010: 106.15%
More on Hamlet: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsborough, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,115
% Native American: 2.07%
# Of Native American Residents: 147
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Hillsborough: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clinton, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,504
% Native American: 1.88%
# Of Native American Residents: 160
Percent Change Since 2010: 180.7%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aberdeen, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,595
% Native American: 1.62%
# Of Native American Residents: 123
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.77%
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rockingham, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,865
% Native American: 1.5%
# Of Native American Residents: 133
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.67%
More on Rockingham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woodfin, NC

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,612
% Native American: 1.39%
# Of Native American Residents: 92
Percent Change Since 2010: 411.11%
More on Woodfin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Roanoke Rapids, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 14,741
% Native American: 1.32%
# Of Native American Residents: 195
Percent Change Since 2010: 297.96%
More on Roanoke Rapids: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina With The Largest Native American Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 12.79% 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.

There You Have It - 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. Stallings
  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 12.79% 20,928
2 Laurinburg 6.86% 15,119
3 Mills River 2.76% 7,251
4 Hamlet 2.12% 6,331
5 Hillsborough 2.07% 7,115
6 Clinton 1.88% 8,504
7 Aberdeen 1.62% 7,595
8 Rockingham 1.5% 8,865
9 Woodfin 1.39% 6,612
10 Roanoke Rapids 1.32% 14,741
11 Oak Ridge 1.3% 6,901
12 Hope Mills 1.22% 15,769
13 Washington 1.19% 9,590
14 Marion 1.16% 7,834
15 Leland 0.93% 20,294
16 Fayetteville 0.89% 210,432
17 Dunn 0.78% 9,664
18 Waynesville 0.75% 9,965
19 Kernersville 0.74% 24,576
20 Black Mountain 0.74% 8,144
21 Carolina Beach 0.7% 6,265
22 Mount Airy 0.69% 10,193
23 Spring Lake 0.62% 12,119
24 Butner 0.61% 7,727
25 Lenoir 0.6% 17,879
26 Oak Island 0.57% 7,851
27 High Point 0.56% 111,714
28 Graham 0.54% 14,925
29 Bessemer City 0.53% 5,471
30 Boone 0.52% 19,119
31 Concord 0.51% 91,980
32 Lexington 0.51% 18,861
33 Brevard 0.5% 7,824
34 Harrisburg 0.49% 15,806
35 Henderson 0.45% 14,948
36 Conover 0.44% 8,452
37 Oxford 0.44% 8,721
38 Matthews 0.43% 32,044
39 Asheville 0.42% 91,560
40 King 0.42% 6,961
41 Lincolnton 0.4% 10,832
42 Belmont 0.39% 12,054
43 Goldsboro 0.39% 34,647
44 Greensboro 0.39% 291,303
45 Morrisville 0.39% 26,280
46 Newton 0.38% 13,059
47 Wilson 0.38% 49,272
48 Whiteville 0.37% 5,386
49 Morganton 0.37% 16,481
50 Wesley Chapel 0.36% 8,974
51 Asheboro 0.36% 25,852
52 Havelock 0.35% 20,086
53 Lewisville 0.35% 13,861
54 Jacksonville 0.34% 73,025
55 Cary 0.34% 166,268
56 Kinston 0.33% 20,398
57 Indian Trail 0.33% 38,822
58 Morehead City 0.32% 9,413
59 Carrboro 0.32% 21,230
60 Greenville 0.31% 91,921
61 New Bern 0.3% 29,895
62 Tarboro 0.29% 10,915
63 Charlotte 0.29% 857,425
64 Cherryville 0.29% 5,956
65 Selma 0.28% 6,746
66 Clemmons 0.28% 20,313
67 Raleigh 0.27% 464,485
68 Chapel Hill 0.25% 60,998
69 Roxboro 0.25% 8,298
70 Weddington 0.24% 10,794
71 Wilmington 0.24% 120,194
72 Pineville 0.24% 8,749
73 Rocky Mount 0.24% 54,548
74 Apex 0.24% 51,370
75 Mebane 0.22% 14,952
76 Salisbury 0.22% 33,727
77 Monroe 0.22% 35,105
78 Durham 0.22% 269,702
79 Southern Pines 0.21% 14,022
80 Sawmills 0.21% 5,165
81 Archdale 0.19% 11,510
82 Williamston 0.19% 5,312
83 Thomasville 0.19% 26,784
84 Winston-Salem 0.18% 244,115
85 Fuquay-Varina 0.16% 27,426
86 Clayton 0.16% 21,681
87 Smithfield 0.16% 12,400
88 Kannapolis 0.16% 48,630
89 Garner 0.16% 29,462
90 Mooresville 0.16% 37,835
91 Reidsville 0.16% 13,915
92 Waxhaw 0.15% 15,237
93 Wadesboro 0.15% 5,305
94 Holly Springs 0.13% 34,874
95 Gastonia 0.13% 75,887
96 Trinity 0.12% 6,579
97 Burlington 0.12% 53,063
98 Mint Hill 0.11% 26,697
99 Huntersville 0.1% 55,980
100 Elizabeth City 0.1% 17,629

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