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

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in California 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 California 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 California is 137,813 – at 0.4% of the total population of California.

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

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

  1. Yreka (Photos)
  2. Anderson
  3. Cloverdale (Photos)
  4. Crescent City (Photos)
  5. Willows (Photos)
  6. Susanville (Photos)
  7. Eureka (Photos)
  8. Banning (Photos)
  9. Grass Valley (Photos)
  10. Clearlake (Photos)

Which city in California had the largest Native American population?

Yreka took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in California for 2019. 4.85% of Yreka identify as Native American.

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

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

For more California reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In California 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 California.

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 422 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 4.85% 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. Yreka took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Adelanto was the least Native American city.

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

Yreka, CA

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Population: 7,571
% Native American: 4.85%
# Of Native American Residents: 367
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.43%
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Yreka is the county seat of Siskiyou County, California, United States, located in the Shasta Valley at 2,500 feet above sea level and covering about 10.1 sq mi area, of which most is land. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 7,765, reflecting an increase of 475 from the 7,290 counted in the 2000 Census. Yreka is home to the College of the Siskiyous, Klamath National Forest Interpretive Museum and the Siskiyou County Museum. Its gold mining heritage is commemorated by the high school team which uses a gold miner as their name and mascot.

Review Of California by HomeSnacks User

The crime rate in Yreka has increased tremendously since I was a child. Mostly of burglary.

Favorite places would have to be Greenhorn Park and the Fairgrounds.

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Population: 10,176
% Native American: 4.53%
# Of Native American Residents: 461
Percent Change Since 2010: 115.42%
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Anderson is a city in Shasta County, California, USA, approximately 10 miles south of Redding. The population was 9,932 at the 2010 census, up from 9,022 at the 2000 census.

Cloverdale, CA

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Population: 8,810
% Native American: 4.44%
# Of Native American Residents: 391
Percent Change Since 2010: 1161.29%
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Cloverdale is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States. The San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad reached Cloverdale in 1872. The Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California is headquartered here. The population was 8,618 at the 2010 census.

Crescent City, CA

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Population: 6,751
% Native American: 3.56%
# Of Native American Residents: 240
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.45%
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Crescent City is the county seat of, and only incorporated city in, Del Norte County, California. Named for the crescent-shaped stretch of sandy beach south of the city, Crescent City had a total population of 7,643 in the 2010 census, up from 4,006 in the 2000 census. The population includes inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, also within the city limits, and the former census-designated place Crescent City North annexed to the city. The city is also the site of the Redwood National Park headquarters, as well as the historic Battery Point Light. Due to the richness of the local Pacific Ocean waters and the related catch, and ease of access, Crescent City Harbor serves as home port for numerous commercial fishing vessels.

Willows, CA

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Population: 6,055
% Native American: 2.73%
# Of Native American Residents: 165
Percent Change Since 2010: -39.11%
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Willows is a city in and the county seat of Glenn County, California. The city is a home to regional government offices, including the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Motor Vehicles, the United States Bureau of Reclamation and the main offices of the Mendocino National Forest, which comprises about one million acres of Federal land located mostly in mountainous terrain west of Willows. The population was 6,166 at the 2010 census, down from 6,220 at the 2000 census.

Susanville, CA

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Population: 15,286
% Native American: 2.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 374
Percent Change Since 2010: -55.63%
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Susanville is the county seat of Lassen County, California, United States. Susanville is located on the Susan River in the southern part of the county, at an elevation of 4,186 feet. The population was 17,974 in the 2010 census, up from 13,541 in the 2000 census. Much of the population increase is related to persons held at two state prisons in the city.

Eureka, CA

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Population: 27,024
% Native American: 2.28%
# Of Native American Residents: 617
Percent Change Since 2010: -31.82%
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Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. The city is located on U.S. Route 101 on the shores of Humboldt Bay, 270 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles south of the Oregon border. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 27,191, and the population of Greater Eureka was 45,034.

Review Of California by Luke Alley

I’d have to say is the worst place I have ever been to in my life: Eureka CA

I grew up there. My G*d, what a s**t hole. Beautiful scenery and surrounding areas aren’t terrible, but Eureka is just atrocious. You can’t even really call the people tweakers anymore, just zombies, everywhere. The sidewalks are full of passed out m**h and h****n addicts, beggars, and people screaming at the air and fighting with imaginary enemies.

I live in the high desert now and while adelanto and Hesperia aren’t the nicest places, they are like Singapore compared to Eureka. I live in the Apple valley area and I really like the whole high desert region besides downtown victorville which is kind of strange and wacky but like I said is a paradise compared to Eureka.

I think growing up in Eureka was a great thing though: I hated it, but it set the bar extremely low for me in terms of expectations of a town and community. The high desert seems like s**t to many Californians because most are simply pampered in my opinion. I see the high desert as a paradise because I can actually walk on the side walk without being mistaken for a CIA operative by a tweaker zombie, or being assaulted or robbed.

Eureka is beyond what you’d call Ghetto: it’s a tragedy.

Banning, CA

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Population: 30,824
% Native American: 2.26%
# Of Native American Residents: 698
Percent Change Since 2010: 84.17%
More on Banning: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Banning is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 29,603 at the 2010 census. It is situated in the San Gorgonio Pass, also known as Banning Pass. It is named for Phineas Banning, stagecoach line owner and the ‘Father of the Port of Los Angeles.’

Review Of California by HomeSnacks User

Not too much crime going on. The schools are okay and friendly people.

The good thing about Banning is the quietness and is quite nice if you like to relax or chill. The bad thing about Banning is that you have to go out of city to do some other fun stuff.

Grass Valley, CA

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Population: 12,893
% Native American: 2.1%
# Of Native American Residents: 271
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.09%
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The city of Grass Valley is the largest city in the western region of Nevada County, California, United States. Situated at roughly 2,500 feet elevation in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, this historic northern Gold Country city is 57 miles by car from the state capitol in Sacramento, 64 miles from Sacramento International Airport, 88 miles west of Reno, Nevada, and 177 miles northeast of San Jose. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 12,860.

Clearlake, CA

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Population: 15,061
% Native American: 2.01%
# Of Native American Residents: 302
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.6%
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Clearlake is a city in Lake County, California. Clearlake is 4.5 miles north-northwest of Lower Lake, at an elevation of 1417 feet. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 15,250, up from 13,142 at the 2000 census. It takes its name from Clear Lake.

Review Of California by HomeSnacks User

Schools are bad, crime is bad, cops, county and city workers horrible, stealing funds, picking on poor folks so they never rise up the ladder. I own a home here. I hate this place.

Horrible people, starting at the top like the local law and judges.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across California

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

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

  1. Adelanto
  2. Cotati
  3. Loomis

For more California reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In California?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Yreka 4.85% 7,571
2 Anderson 4.53% 10,176
3 Cloverdale 4.44% 8,810
4 Crescent City 3.56% 6,751
5 Willows 2.73% 6,055
6 Susanville 2.45% 15,286
7 Eureka 2.28% 27,024
8 Banning 2.26% 30,824
9 Grass Valley 2.1% 12,893
10 Clearlake 2.01% 15,061
11 Fortuna 1.98% 11,981
12 Shasta Lake 1.98% 10,125
13 Redding 1.88% 91,236
14 Chowchilla 1.69% 18,314
15 Barstow 1.5% 23,609
16 Ione 1.4% 7,161
17 Twentynine Palms 1.39% 25,995
18 Yucca Valley 1.34% 21,483
19 Ukiah 1.29% 15,917
20 Arcata 1.24% 17,814
21 Red Bluff 1.23% 14,111
22 Paradise 1.17% 26,437
23 Big Bear Lake 1.12% 5,190
24 Gridley 1.03% 6,576
25 Fort Bragg 1.0% 7,269
26 Hermosa Beach 1.0% 19,750
27 Corcoran 1.0% 22,650
28 Ridgecrest 0.96% 28,728
29 Patterson 0.92% 21,497
30 Oakley 0.9% 39,950
31 Oroville 0.9% 18,932
32 Hesperia 0.88% 93,190
33 American Canyon 0.83% 20,341
34 Santa Rosa 0.83% 174,244
35 Colusa 0.83% 5,938
36 Avenal 0.82% 13,119
37 Tehachapi 0.8% 12,948
38 Baldwin Park 0.78% 76,572
39 Morro Bay 0.78% 10,568
40 Commerce 0.76% 12,998
41 San Jacinto 0.75% 46,932
42 Grover Beach 0.75% 13,524
43 Exeter 0.7% 10,520
44 Hughson 0.69% 7,295
45 Tulare 0.67% 62,296
46 Coalinga 0.67% 16,612
47 Hemet 0.64% 83,604
48 Clayton 0.64% 11,838
49 Los Alamitos 0.64% 11,639
50 Yuba City 0.62% 66,229
51 Citrus Heights 0.61% 86,618
52 Palm Springs 0.6% 47,140
53 Seaside 0.58% 34,259
54 Riverbank 0.58% 24,047
55 Imperial Beach 0.57% 27,270
56 Marina 0.57% 21,227
57 Atwater 0.56% 29,118
58 Placerville 0.55% 10,681
59 Menlo Park 0.54% 33,661
60 Porterville 0.54% 58,782
61 Manteca 0.53% 75,314
62 La Palma 0.52% 15,814
63 Claremont 0.52% 35,949
64 Tustin 0.52% 80,007
65 Guadalupe 0.52% 7,313
66 Rancho Mirage 0.51% 17,975
67 Winters 0.51% 7,059
68 Saratoga 0.51% 31,013
69 Laguna Hills 0.51% 31,235
70 San Leandro 0.5% 89,910
71 Calimesa 0.5% 8,517
72 Palmdale 0.49% 157,358
73 Wildomar 0.48% 35,492
74 Visalia 0.48% 130,047
75 Ceres 0.47% 47,650
76 California City 0.47% 13,495
77 Fresno 0.46% 519,037
78 Stanton 0.45% 38,648
79 Mammoth Lakes 0.44% 8,092
80 Lake Forest 0.44% 81,812
81 Glendora 0.44% 51,891
82 Rocklin 0.43% 61,697
83 Aliso Viejo 0.43% 50,691
84 San Marcos 0.43% 93,493
85 Madera 0.42% 64,058
86 Westminster 0.42% 91,785
87 San Dimas 0.42% 34,334
88 Highland 0.41% 54,704
89 Colton 0.4% 54,200
90 Soledad 0.4% 25,603
91 Norwalk 0.4% 106,404
92 Lompoc 0.4% 43,762
93 Temecula 0.4% 110,722
94 Modesto 0.4% 210,166
95 Santee 0.39% 57,376
96 Turlock 0.39% 71,906
97 Calipatria 0.39% 7,426
98 Chico 0.39% 90,660
99 Oakland 0.39% 417,442
100 San Juan Capistrano 0.39% 35,948

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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