The 10 West Virginia Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine the cities in West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia is 3,072 - at 0.2% of the total population of West Virginia.

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

The 10 Cities In West Virginia With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

  1. Vienna
  2. Elkins
  3. Buckhannon
  4. South Charleston
  5. Nitro
  6. Wheeling
  7. St. Albans
  8. Charleston
  9. Princeton
  10. Huntington

Which city in West Virginia had the largest Native American population?

Vienna took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in West Virginia for 2022. 2.57% of Vienna identify as Native American.

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

To see where West Virginia 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 West Virginia or the most diverse places in West Virginia.

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Cities In West Virginia With The Largest Native American Population For 2022

Vienna, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,261
% Native American: 2.57%
# Of Native American Residents: 264
Percent Change Since 2010: 388.89%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elkins, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,017
% Native American: 0.57%
# Of Native American Residents: 40
Percent Change Since 2010: 344.44%
More on Elkins: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Buckhannon, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,473
% Native American: 0.57%
# Of Native American Residents: 31
Percent Change Since 2010: 181.82%
More on Buckhannon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Charleston, WV

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,461
% Native American: 0.52%
# Of Native American Residents: 65
Percent Change Since 2010: 983.33%
More on South Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nitro, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,498
% Native American: 0.43%
# Of Native American Residents: 28
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Nitro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wheeling, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,046
% Native American: 0.36%
# Of Native American Residents: 97
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.54%
More on Wheeling: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Albans, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,078
% Native American: 0.35%
# Of Native American Residents: 35
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.63%
More on St. Albans: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 47,273
% Native American: 0.3%
# Of Native American Residents: 142
Percent Change Since 2010: 129.03%
More on Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Princeton, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,740
% Native American: 0.26%
# Of Native American Residents: 15
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Princeton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 46,139
% Native American: 0.24%
# Of Native American Residents: 113
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.59%
More on Huntington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In West Virginia 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 West Virginia.

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 26 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 2.57% 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. Vienna took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Weirton was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in West Virginia 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 West Virginia

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

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

  1. Weirton
  2. Bridgeport
  3. Charles Town

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In West Virginia?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Vienna 2.57% 10,261
2 Elkins 0.57% 7,017
3 Buckhannon 0.57% 5,473
4 South Charleston 0.52% 12,461
5 Nitro 0.43% 6,498
6 Wheeling 0.36% 27,046
7 St. Albans 0.35% 10,078
8 Charleston 0.3% 47,273
9 Princeton 0.26% 5,740
10 Huntington 0.24% 46,139
11 Bluefield 0.18% 9,776
12 Martinsburg 0.15% 17,517
13 Fairmont 0.11% 18,443
14 Morgantown 0.1% 30,953
15 Beckley 0.07% 16,240
16 Parkersburg 0.03% 29,732
17 Hurricane 0.0% 6,225
18 Grafton 0.0% 5,035
19 Moundsville 0.0% 8,356
20 New Martinsville 0.0% 5,123
21 Oak Hill 0.0% 8,249
22 Dunbar 0.0% 7,166
23 Clarksburg 0.0% 15,743
24 Charles Town 0.0% 5,985
25 Bridgeport 0.0% 8,675
26 Weirton 0.0% 18,458

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