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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas is 17,002 – at 0.6% of the total population of Arkansas.

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

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

  1. Siloam Springs (Photos)
  2. Alma (Photos)
  3. Van Buren (Photos)
  4. De Queen (Photos)
  5. Lowell (Photos)
  6. Harrison (Photos)
  7. Bentonville (Photos)
  8. Fort Smith (Photos)
  9. Mena (Photos)
  10. Fayetteville (Photos)

Which city in Arkansas had the largest Native American population?

Siloam Springs took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Arkansas for 2019. 5.95% of Siloam Springs identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 5.95% 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. Siloam Springs took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Wynne was the least Native American city.

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

Siloam Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,311
% Native American: 5.95%
# Of Native American Residents: 971
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.64%
More on Siloam Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Siloam Springs is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The city shares a border on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line with the city of West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma, which is within the Cherokee Nation territory. The town was founded in 1882 and was characterized by the purported healing powers of the spring water feeding Sager Creek and trading with nearby Native American tribes. John Brown University was founded in 1919 as a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college in the city. Today, Siloam Springs is known for its efforts to preserve and revitalize the city’s historic downtown and as a promoter of the arts via Sager Creek Arts Center and the JBU art gallery. The community is located on the western edge of the growing Northwest Arkansas metropolitan area and has had a population increase of 47% to 15,039 between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.

Alma, AR

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5
/10

Population: 5,616
% Native American: 2.39%
# Of Native American Residents: 134
Percent Change Since 2010: 143.64%
More on Alma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alma is a city in Crawford County, Arkansas, United States. It is located within the Arkansas River Valley at the edge of the Ozark Mountains, the city is the sixth largest in the Fort Smith metropolitan area. The population was 5,419 at the 2010 Census. The city is located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 49.

Van Buren, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,135
% Native American: 1.62%
# Of Native American Residents: 375
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.81%
More on Van Buren: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Van Buren is the second largest city in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area and the county seat of Crawford County, Arkansas, United States. The city is located directly northeast of Fort Smith at the Interstate 40-Interstate 540 junction. The city was incorporated in 1845 and as of the 2010 census had a population of 22,791, ranking it as the state’s 22nd largest city, behind Searcy.

De Queen, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,623
% Native American: 1.46%
# Of Native American Residents: 97
Percent Change Since 2010: -39.75%
More on De Queen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

De Queen is a city and the county seat of Sevier County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 6,629 at the 2010 census. The placename is the anglicization of the family name of the Dutch merchant and railway financier, Jan de Goeijen. De Goeijen was reportedly rather unhappy with the deformation of his name

Lowell, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,622
% Native American: 1.15%
# Of Native American Residents: 99
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.61%
More on Lowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lowell is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, in the United States. Located within the Ozarks, first settlement was along Old Wire Road in the 1840s, and although destroyed during the Civil War, the community was reestablished by J. H. McClure and thrived when the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway came through the area in the 1880s. Today, the city is a growing bedroom community within the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas region. Lowell is also home to the headquarters of trucking company J.B. Hunt.

Harrison, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,058
% Native American: 1.13%
# Of Native American Residents: 147
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.83%
More on Harrison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Harrison is a city in Boone County, Arkansas, United States. It is the county seat. It named after General Marcus LaRue Harrison, a surveyor that laid out the city along Crooked Creek at Stifler Springs. According to 2012 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 13,163, up from 12,943 at the 2010 census.

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 44,601
% Native American: 0.97%
# Of Native American Residents: 434
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.56%
More on Bentonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bentonville is the ninth-largest city in Arkansas and the county seat of Benton County. The city is centrally located in the county with Rogers adjacent to the east. The city is the headquarters of Walmart, which is the world’s largest retailer. Originally named Osage after the Osage Indians who hunted in the area when white settlers first moved to the area in 1837, the community was renamed to Bentonville in 1906 in honor of New York inventor Linn Boyd Benton, after being first incorporated on April 3, 1873. It is one of the four main cities in the four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city itself had a population of 35,301 at the 2010 Census, with an estimated population of 47,093 in 2016.

Review Of Arkansas by Meme Stuff

That Sam Walton building is in Bentonville Arkansas NorthWest Arkansas Downtown Bentonville across a park with CSA statue and I was born in Bentonville Arkansas and it’s beautiful compared to the rest of the state

Fort Smith, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 87,537
% Native American: 0.94%
# Of Native American Residents: 822
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.7%
More on Fort Smith: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 87,443 In 2012, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.

Mena, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,612
% Native American: 0.91%
# Of Native American Residents: 51
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.07%
More on Mena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mena is a city in Polk County, Arkansas, United States. It is also the county seat of Polk County. The population was 5,637 as of 2000 census.

Fayetteville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 81,889
% Native American: 0.84%
# Of Native American Residents: 689
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.1%
More on Fayetteville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. The city is centrally located within the county and has been home of the University of Arkansas since the institution’s founding in 1871. Fayetteville is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, deep within the Ozarks. Known as Washington until 1829, the city was named after Fayetteville, Tennessee, from which many of the settlers had come. It was incorporated on November 3, 1836 and was rechartered in 1867. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 105th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 73,580 at the 2010 Census. At 1,400 feet of elevation, it is also one of the highest major US cities between the western Great Plains and the Appalachian Mountains.

Review Of Arkansas by HomeSnacks User

Crime is increasing by the month and the crime rate is higher than most metro areas of the U.S. The influx of Texans and Oklahomans is partially to blame on that, as well as people that are being priced out of cities and are attracted to low cost of living, but that comes at a price to our area – it attracts people lacking in skills compared to others. Add to the fact that you drive 5 miles outside of Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and you are in hillbilly territory.

No diversity, very few good restaurants compared to the bigger cities. Good hiking, outdoors, but I’d wager only 15% of the people here actually do outdoor actitivies. We are the fattest state in the U.S.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Arkansas

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

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

  1. Wynne
  2. Maumelle
  3. Helena-West Helena

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Arkansas?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Siloam Springs 5.95% 16,311
2 Alma 2.39% 5,616
3 Van Buren 1.62% 23,135
4 De Queen 1.46% 6,623
5 Lowell 1.15% 8,622
6 Harrison 1.13% 13,058
7 Bentonville 0.97% 44,601
8 Fort Smith 0.94% 87,537
9 Mena 0.91% 5,612
10 Fayetteville 0.84% 81,889
11 Rogers 0.82% 63,411
12 Texarkana 0.81% 30,120
13 El Dorado 0.74% 18,201
14 Marion 0.71% 12,467
15 Farmington 0.62% 6,598
16 Hot Springs 0.57% 36,780
17 Magnolia 0.55% 11,570
18 Benton 0.53% 34,034
19 Camden 0.5% 11,289
20 Springdale 0.5% 77,252
21 Mountain Home 0.49% 12,253
22 Greenwood 0.45% 9,311
23 Heber Springs 0.44% 7,079
24 Sherwood 0.42% 30,590
25 Newport 0.4% 7,770
26 Russellville 0.39% 29,147
27 Searcy 0.37% 23,819
28 Pocahontas 0.36% 6,459
29 Paragould 0.36% 27,815
30 Forrest City 0.33% 14,691
31 North Little Rock 0.3% 66,144
32 Arkadelphia 0.25% 10,664
33 Jonesboro 0.24% 73,581
34 Trumann 0.24% 7,103
35 Bryant 0.22% 19,607
36 West Memphis 0.19% 25,152
37 Little Rock 0.16% 197,780
38 Cabot 0.16% 25,732
39 Conway 0.14% 64,481
40 Malvern 0.14% 10,830
41 Jacksonville 0.13% 28,637
42 Centerton 0.12% 12,178
43 Hope 0.12% 9,923
44 Batesville 0.11% 10,568
45 Pine Bluff 0.1% 44,509
46 Osceola 0.07% 7,160
47 Morrilton 0.0% 6,663
48 Blytheville 0.0% 14,588
49 White Hall 0.0% 5,213
50 Warren 0.0% 5,715
51 Beebe 0.0% 7,992
52 Berryville 0.0% 5,389
53 Clarksville 0.0% 9,448
54 Stuttgart 0.0% 8,979
55 Monticello 0.0% 9,660
56 Crossett 0.0% 5,142
57 Helena-West Helena 0.0% 11,210
58 Maumelle 0.0% 17,967
59 Wynne 0.0% 8,095

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