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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee is 13,814 - at 0.2% of the total population of Tennessee.

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

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

  1. Rockwood
  2. Pigeon Forge
  3. Bolivar
  4. Newport
  5. Athens
  6. Crossville
  7. Fairview
  8. Lawrenceburg
  9. Dyersburg
  10. Martin

Which city in Tennessee had the largest Native American population?

Rockwood took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Tennessee for 2022. 2.3% of Rockwood identify as Native American.

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

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

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Cities In Tennessee With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Rockwood, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,446
% Native American: 2.3%
# Of Native American Residents: 125
Percent Change Since 2010: 443.48%
More on Rockwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pigeon Forge, TN

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4
/10

Population: 6,247
% Native American: 1.38%
# Of Native American Residents: 86
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Pigeon Forge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bolivar, TN

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4
/10

Population: 5,005
% Native American: 1.08%
# Of Native American Residents: 54
Percent Change Since 2010: 390.91%
More on Bolivar: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,865
% Native American: 0.95%
# Of Native American Residents: 65
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Athens, TN

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5
/10

Population: 13,931
% Native American: 0.76%
# Of Native American Residents: 106
Percent Change Since 2010: 1666.67%
More on Athens: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crossville, TN

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3
/10

Population: 11,704
% Native American: 0.74%
# Of Native American Residents: 87
Percent Change Since 2010: 569.23%
More on Crossville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairview, TN

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5
/10

Population: 8,989
% Native American: 0.72%
# Of Native American Residents: 65
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Fairview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lawrenceburg, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,925
% Native American: 0.69%
# Of Native American Residents: 75
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.85%
More on Lawrenceburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dyersburg, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 16,371
% Native American: 0.66%
# Of Native American Residents: 108
Percent Change Since 2010: 500.0%
More on Dyersburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Martin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,585
% Native American: 0.62%
# Of Native American Residents: 66
Percent Change Since 2010: 127.59%
More on Martin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 93 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 2.3% 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. Rockwood took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while La Follette was the least Native American city.

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

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

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

  1. La Follette
  2. Mckenzie
  3. Manchester

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Tennessee?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Rockwood 2.3% 5,446
2 Pigeon Forge 1.38% 6,247
3 Bolivar 1.08% 5,005
4 Newport 0.95% 6,865
5 Athens 0.76% 13,931
6 Crossville 0.74% 11,704
7 Fairview 0.72% 8,989
8 Lawrenceburg 0.69% 10,925
9 Dyersburg 0.66% 16,371
10 Martin 0.62% 10,585
11 Hartsville/trousdale County 0.6% 10,910
12 Paris 0.53% 10,021
13 Mcminnville 0.45% 13,707
14 Clarksville 0.43% 156,092
15 Portland 0.37% 12,928
16 Morristown 0.36% 29,887
17 Johnson City 0.35% 66,934
18 Collierville 0.35% 50,596
19 Oak Ridge 0.34% 29,124
20 Sevierville 0.31% 17,185
21 Greenbrier 0.31% 6,859
22 La Vergne 0.28% 35,556
23 Maryville 0.27% 29,325
24 Lebanon 0.26% 34,759
25 Shelbyville 0.26% 21,841
26 White House 0.25% 12,258
27 Mount Juliet 0.25% 35,834
28 Hendersonville 0.24% 57,888
29 Nolensville 0.23% 9,221
30 Millington 0.23% 10,650
31 Knoxville 0.21% 187,487
32 Red Bank 0.2% 11,785
33 Cleveland 0.19% 45,115
34 Savannah 0.17% 6,934
35 Gallatin 0.16% 40,262
36 Columbia 0.15% 39,515
37 Murfreesboro 0.14% 141,704
38 Collegedale 0.13% 11,402
39 Springfield 0.13% 17,147
40 Nashville 0.13% 667,070
41 Henderson 0.11% 6,323
42 Smyrna 0.11% 50,820
43 Memphis 0.11% 650,910
44 Milan 0.1% 7,642
45 Jackson 0.1% 67,036
46 Farragut 0.1% 23,110
47 Chattanooga 0.09% 181,370
48 Winchester 0.09% 8,818
49 Ripley 0.09% 7,852
50 Fayetteville 0.09% 7,046
51 Lenoir City 0.08% 9,191
52 Cookeville 0.07% 33,922
53 Kingsport 0.07% 53,699
54 Bristol 0.07% 26,973
55 Clinton 0.05% 10,006
56 Bartlett 0.05% 59,252
57 Greeneville 0.03% 14,938
58 Brentwood 0.03% 42,700
59 Franklin 0.02% 80,675
60 Millersville 0.02% 6,403
61 Humboldt 0.01% 8,145
62 Goodlettsville 0.01% 16,829
63 Union City 0.0% 10,426
64 Signal Mountain 0.0% 8,574
65 Tullahoma 0.0% 19,982
66 Oakland 0.0% 8,135
67 Pulaski 0.0% 7,614
68 Soddy-Daisy 0.0% 13,510
69 Sweetwater 0.0% 5,894
70 Spring Hill 0.0% 41,797
71 Alcoa 0.0% 9,809
72 Munford 0.0% 6,090
73 Mount Carmel 0.0% 5,297
74 Atoka 0.0% 9,407
75 Brownsville 0.0% 9,497
76 Church Hill 0.0% 6,664
77 Covington 0.0% 8,863
78 Dayton 0.0% 7,357
79 Dickson 0.0% 15,500
80 East Ridge 0.0% 21,187
81 Elizabethton 0.0% 13,568
82 Erwin 0.0% 5,910
83 Germantown 0.0% 39,196
84 Harriman 0.0% 6,144
85 Jefferson City 0.0% 8,220
86 Kingston 0.0% 5,946
87 Arlington 0.0% 11,715
88 Lakeland 0.0% 12,644
89 Lewisburg 0.0% 12,150
90 Lexington 0.0% 7,838
91 Manchester 0.0% 10,896
92 Mckenzie 0.0% 5,517
93 La Follette 0.0% 6,762

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