The 10 Rhode Island Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine the cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island is 2,832 - at 0.3% of the total population of Rhode Island.

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

The 10 Cities In Rhode Island With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

  1. Newport
  2. Providence
  3. Woonsocket
  4. Kingston
  5. Newport East
  6. Warwick
  7. Pawtucket
  8. Tiverton
  9. Central Falls
  10. Cranston

Which city in Rhode Island had the largest Native American population?

Newport took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Rhode Island for 2022. 1.12% of Newport identify as Native American.

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

To see where Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island or the most diverse places in Rhode Island.

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Cities In Rhode Island With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Newport, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,697
% Native American: 1.12%
# Of Native American Residents: 276
Percent Change Since 2010: 1433.33%
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Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 179,472
% Native American: 0.52%
# Of Native American Residents: 942
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.21%
More on Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 41,616
% Native American: 0.49%
# Of Native American Residents: 204
Percent Change Since 2010: 175.68%
More on Woonsocket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kingston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,407
% Native American: 0.47%
# Of Native American Residents: 30
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.0%
More on Kingston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport East, RI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,289
% Native American: 0.22%
# Of Native American Residents: 25
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,043
% Native American: 0.21%
# Of Native American Residents: 168
Percent Change Since 2010: 100.0%
More on Warwick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pawtucket, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,821
% Native American: 0.19%
# Of Native American Residents: 137
Percent Change Since 2010: 191.49%
More on Pawtucket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tiverton, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,996
% Native American: 0.19%
# Of Native American Residents: 15
Percent Change Since 2010: -81.71%
More on Tiverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,437
% Native American: 0.13%
# Of Native American Residents: 26
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.13%
More on Central Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 81,252
% Native American: 0.13%
# Of Native American Residents: 106
Percent Change Since 2010: -79.73%
More on Cranston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 3,000 people. That left us with 17 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 1.12% 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. Newport took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Valley Falls was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island

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

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

  1. Valley Falls
  2. Cumberland Hill
  3. Pascoag

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What Are The Most Native American Places In Rhode Island?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Newport 1.12% 24,697
2 Providence 0.52% 179,472
3 Woonsocket 0.49% 41,616
4 Kingston 0.47% 6,407
5 Newport East 0.22% 11,289
6 Warwick 0.21% 81,043
7 Pawtucket 0.19% 71,821
8 Tiverton 0.19% 7,996
9 Central Falls 0.13% 19,437
10 Cranston 0.13% 81,252
11 Westerly 0.07% 17,842
12 East Providence 0.06% 47,442
13 Greenville 0.0% 9,114
14 Narragansett Pier 0.0% 3,487
15 Pascoag 0.0% 4,911
16 Cumberland Hill 0.0% 8,515
17 Valley Falls 0.0% 11,548

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