10 Cities In Alaska With The Largest Native American Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Alaska with the largest Native American population.

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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 Alaska 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 Alaska is 101,704 – at 13.8% of the total population of Alaska.

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

Here are the 10 cities in Alaska with the largest Native American population in 2019:

  1. Bethel (Photos)
  2. Ketchikan (Photos)
  3. Sitka (Photos)
  4. Kenai (Photos)
  5. Kodiak (Photos)
  6. Juneau (Photos)
  7. Fairbanks (Photos)
  8. Anchorage (Photos)
  9. Palmer (Photos)
  10. Wasilla (Photos)

Which city in Alaska had the largest Native American population?

Bethel took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Alaska for 2019. 60.67% of Bethel identify as Native American.

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

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

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How We Determined The Cities In Alaska With The Largest Native American Population For 2019

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 Alaska.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 6,000 people. That left us with 10 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 60.67% to 4.56%.

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. Bethel took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Wasilla was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Alaska 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.

Bethel, AK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,408
% Native American: 60.67%
# Of Native American Residents: 3,888
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.58%
More on Bethel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bethel is a city located near the west coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, approximately 400 miles west of Anchorage, in the Bethel Census Area. Accessible only by air and river, Bethel is the main port on the Kuskokwim River and is an administrative and transportation hub for the 56 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Ketchikan, AK

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7
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Population: 8,195
% Native American: 15.31%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,255
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.54%
More on Ketchikan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ketchikan is a city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. With a population at the 2010 census of 8,050, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state, and tenth-most populous community when census-designated places are included.

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I love this place. It’s a safe place to raise your children.

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Sitka, AK

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Population: 8,810
% Native American: 13.14%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,158
Percent Change Since 2010: -29.82%
More on Sitka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3 square miles and a total area of 4,811.4 square miles ; however, it is the smallest of Alaska’s boroughs. Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the ‘city’ of Sitka, is on the west side of Baranof Island.

Kenai, AK

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5
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Population: 7,634
% Native American: 12.65%
# Of Native American Residents: 966
Percent Change Since 2010: 154.21%
More on Kenai: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenai is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 7,100 as of the 2010 census.

Kodiak, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 6,168
% Native American: 11.3%
# Of Native American Residents: 697
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.43%
More on Kodiak: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kodiak is one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline. The population was 6,130 as of the 2010 census. 2014 estimates put the population at 6,304.

Juneau, AK

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8
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Population: 32,434
% Native American: 10.79%
# Of Native American Residents: 3,500
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.31%
More on Juneau: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City and Borough of Juneau, commonly known as Juneau, is the capital city of Alaska. It is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, and it is the second largest city in the United States by area. Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of what was then the District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900. The municipality unified on July 1, 1970, when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current municipality, which is larger by area than both Rhode Island and Delaware.

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Going to Juneau and not seeing the Mendenhall is like visiting Rome and skipping the Colosseum. The most famous of Juneaus ice floes, and the citys most popular attraction, flows 13 miles from its source, the Juneau Icefield, and has a half-mile-wide face. It ends at Mendenhall Lake, the reason for all the icebergs.

Mendenhall Glacier welcomes more than 400,000 visitors each year, and it’s easy to see why: aside from its stunning arctic beauty, the glacier is only 12 miles outside Juneau and it’s the only glacier in Southeast Alaska accessible by road. When you’re not gazing at the icebergs, the Coast Mountains will likely grab your attention. Upon arrival, your first stop should be at the visitors center, where you can watch a 15-minute film describing the changing landscape, talk with forest rangers and relax in the warmth of the glacier observation area. You can also pick up a map detailing the various hiking paths around the glacier.

Fairbanks, AK

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Population: 31,853
% Native American: 7.97%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,539
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.2%
More on Fairbanks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairbanks is a home rule city and the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.

Anchorage, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 298,225
% Native American: 6.82%
# Of Native American Residents: 20,345
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.25%
More on Anchorage: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the U.S. state of Alaska. With an estimated 298,192 residents in 2016, it is Alaska’s most populous city and contains more than 40 percent of the state’s total population; among the 50 states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents who live in its most populous city. All together, the Anchorage metropolitan area, which combines Anchorage with the neighboring Matanuska-Susitna Borough, had a population of 401,635 in 2016, which accounts for more than half of the state’s population.

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The winter was the best time of the year because of all the snow. My family and I would go to the ski resort almost every weekend and go skiing. I had a snowmobile so everyday after school I would jump on my snowmobile and go riding with my friends.

Palmer, AK

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 6,773
% Native American: 6.81%
# Of Native American Residents: 461
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.68%
More on Palmer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palmer is a city in and the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.

Wasilla, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 9,296
% Native American: 4.56%
# Of Native American Residents: 424
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.73%
More on Wasilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. The city’s population was 7,831 at the 2010 census. Estimates in 2013 put the population at roughly 8,621. Wasilla is the largest city in the borough and a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 396,142 in 2013.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Alaska

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Native American places in Alaska:

  1. Wasilla
  2. Palmer
  3. Anchorage

For more Alaska reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Alaska?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Bethel 60.67% 6,408
2 Ketchikan 15.31% 8,195
3 Sitka 13.14% 8,810
4 Kenai 12.65% 7,634
5 Kodiak 11.3% 6,168
6 Juneau 10.79% 32,434
7 Fairbanks 7.97% 31,853
8 Anchorage 6.82% 298,225
9 Palmer 6.81% 6,773
10 Wasilla 4.56% 9,296

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