The 10 West Virginia Cities With The Largest Native American Population For 2023


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 2023. This is our tenth 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 1,786 - at 0.1% 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 2023

  1. Vienna
  2. South Charleston
  3. Nitro
  4. Huntington
  5. Fairmont
  6. Charleston
  7. Martinsburg
  8. Wheeling
  9. Parkersburg
  10. Elkins

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 2023. 1.1% 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 2023

Vienna, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,676
% Native American: 1.1%
# Of Native American Residents: 117
Percent Change Since 2010: 116.67%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Charleston, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,595
% Native American: 0.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 61
Percent Change Since 2010: 916.67%
More on South Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nitro, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,630
% Native American: 0.44%
# Of Native American Residents: 29
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Nitro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntington, WV

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 46,923
% Native American: 0.22%
# Of Native American Residents: 102
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.07%
More on Huntington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairmont, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,369
% Native American: 0.19%
# Of Native American Residents: 35
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Fairmont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charleston, WV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 49,055
% Native American: 0.19%
# Of Native American Residents: 92
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.39%
More on Charleston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Martinsburg, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,502
% Native American: 0.15%
# Of Native American Residents: 28
Percent Change Since 2010: 180.0%
More on Martinsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wheeling, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 27,142
% Native American: 0.13%
# Of Native American Residents: 35
Percent Change Since 2010: -32.69%
More on Wheeling: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parkersburg, WV

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 29,910
% Native American: 0.12%
# Of Native American Residents: 36
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.69%
More on Parkersburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elkins, WV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,980
% Native American: 0.1%
# Of Native American Residents: 7
Percent Change Since 2010: -22.22%
More on Elkins: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In West Virginia With The Largest Native American Population For 2023

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 2017-2021 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 25 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 1.1% 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 Charles Town 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. Charles Town
  2. Weirton
  3. Bridgeport

For more West Virginia reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In West Virginia?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Vienna 1.1% 10,676
2 South Charleston 0.45% 13,595
3 Nitro 0.44% 6,630
4 Huntington 0.22% 46,923
5 Fairmont 0.19% 18,369
6 Charleston 0.19% 49,055
7 Martinsburg 0.15% 18,502
8 Wheeling 0.13% 27,142
9 Parkersburg 0.12% 29,910
10 Elkins 0.1% 6,980
11 Beckley 0.09% 17,261
12 Buckhannon 0.07% 5,343
13 Clarksburg 0.06% 16,085
14 Morgantown 0.04% 29,316
15 Bluefield 0.02% 9,699
16 Hurricane 0.0% 6,901
17 Moundsville 0.0% 8,195
18 New Martinsville 0.0% 5,208
19 Dunbar 0.0% 7,500
20 Oak Hill 0.0% 8,228
21 Princeton 0.0% 5,885
22 St. Albans 0.0% 10,842
23 Bridgeport 0.0% 9,165
24 Weirton 0.0% 19,150
25 Charles Town 0.0% 6,373

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