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


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado is 28,624 – at 0.5% of the total population of Colorado.

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

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

  1. Cortez (Photos)
  2. Durango (Photos)
  3. Trinidad (Photos)
  4. Fruita (Photos)
  5. Alamosa (Photos)
  6. Avon (Photos)
  7. Rifle (Photos)
  8. Sterling (Photos)
  9. Firestone (Photos)
  10. Woodland Park (Photos)

Which city in Colorado had the largest Native American population?

Cortez took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Colorado for 2019. 14.12% of Cortez identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Colorado reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Colorado 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 Colorado.

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 72 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 14.12% 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. Cortez took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Glenwood Springs was the least Native American city.

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

Cortez, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,579
% Native American: 14.12%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,211
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.7%
More on Cortez: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Cortez is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 8,482 at the 2010 United States Census.

Durango, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,986
% Native American: 6.64%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,195
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.01%
More on Durango: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Durango is the county seat and the most populous municipality of La Plata County, Colorado, United States. It is home to Fort Lewis College. The United States Census Bureau reported a population of 16,887 in the 2010 census.

Trinidad, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,054
% Native American: 2.96%
# Of Native American Residents: 238
Percent Change Since 2010: 180.0%
More on Trinidad: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trinidad is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,096 as of the 2010 census, up slightly from 9,078 in 2000. The estimate as of 2012 was 8,771. Trinidad lies 21 mi north of Raton, New Mexico, and 195 mi south of Denver. Trinidad is situated on the historic Santa Fe Trail.

Review Of Colorado by HomeSnacks User

The crime in this city is outrageous for the size of it, H****n use is on the rise in a a bad way. The parks are unsafe for the children to go to due to the homeless population in this small town. The schools are just as bad serving nasty food and allowing the students to bully one another. this town has over 20 marijuana dispensaries and yet the school system had to cut the buses for the junior high and high school kids forcing them to walk to school. This town does have a lot of businesses that are ran well which makes us wonder what happened to the school

Trinidad Family Dental has a great energy and great staff but keep in mind the staff doesn’t live in Trinidad, they commute a good 30 minutes to an hour to work We have great restaurants and great historic views

Fruita, CO

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,039
% Native American: 2.22%
# Of Native American Residents: 290
Percent Change Since 2010: 480.0%
More on Fruita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Fruita is part of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area and within the Grand Valley. The geography is identified by the bordering Colorado River on the southern edge of town, the Uncompahgre Plateau known for its pinyon-juniper landscape, and the Book Cliffs range on the northern edge of the Grand Valley. The population was 12,646 at the 2010 census. Originally home to the Ute people, white farmers settled the town after founder William Pabor in 1884. Ten years later, Fruita was incorporated.

Alamosa, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,675
% Native American: 1.76%
# Of Native American Residents: 170
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Alamosa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 8,780 at the 2010 United States Census. The city is the commercial center of the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado, and is the home of Adams State University.

Review Of Colorado by HomeSnacks User

People from Alamosa and surrounding communities don’t want His kind messing up a good thing. He is more than welcome to stay in the cesspool he lives in North of the Valley

Avon, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,503
% Native American: 1.49%
# Of Native American Residents: 97
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Avon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rifle, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,526
% Native American: 1.2%
# Of Native American Residents: 114
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Rifle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,172 at the 2010 census, up from 6,784 at the 2000 census. Rifle is a regional center of the cattle ranching industry located along Interstate 70 and the Colorado River just east of the Roan Plateau, which dominates the western skyline of the town. The town was founded in 1882 by Abram Maxfield, and was incorporated in 1905 along Rifle Creek, near its mouth on the Colorado. The community takes its name from the creek.

Sterling, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,961
% Native American: 1.0%
# Of Native American Residents: 140
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.11%
More on Sterling: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sterling is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Logan County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 14,777 at the 2010 census.

Firestone, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,282
% Native American: 0.98%
# Of Native American Residents: 120
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Firestone: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Firestone is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 10,147 at the 2010 census.

Woodland Park, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,287
% Native American: 0.92%
# Of Native American Residents: 67
Percent Change Since 2010: 509.09%
More on Woodland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The City of Woodland Park is a Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous city in Teller County, Colorado, United States and is immediately west of El Paso County and the unincorporated community of Crystola. Many residents in this bedroom community, which is surrounded by the one-million acre Pike National Forest, make the 17-mile commute to Colorado Springs. Ute Pass lies 12 miles to the west of Woodland Park on US 24. The population was 6,515 at the 2000 census. Nearby Douglas County is about a fifteen-minute drive from the city.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Colorado

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

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

  1. Glenwood Springs
  2. Lamar
  3. Lone Tree

For more Colorado reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Colorado?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Cortez 14.12% 8,579
2 Durango 6.64% 17,986
3 Trinidad 2.96% 8,054
4 Fruita 2.22% 13,039
5 Alamosa 1.76% 9,675
6 Avon 1.49% 6,503
7 Rifle 1.2% 9,526
8 Sterling 1.0% 13,961
9 Firestone 0.98% 12,282
10 Woodland Park 0.92% 7,287
11 Montrose 0.83% 18,918
12 Gypsum 0.71% 6,926
13 Cherry Hills Village 0.67% 6,542
14 Fort Collins 0.64% 159,150
15 Westminster 0.59% 111,895
16 Craig 0.58% 8,903
17 Lakewood 0.55% 151,411
18 Cañon City 0.52% 16,298
19 Denver 0.51% 678,467
20 Greeley 0.49% 100,760
21 Pueblo 0.49% 109,122
22 Grand Junction 0.48% 60,882
23 Edgewater 0.45% 5,299
24 Federal Heights 0.43% 12,449
25 Estes Park 0.43% 6,248
26 Brighton 0.43% 38,016
27 Brush 0.43% 5,406
28 Aurora 0.42% 357,323
29 Commerce City 0.42% 52,905
30 Salida 0.41% 5,565
31 Arvada 0.4% 115,320
32 Windsor 0.39% 23,386
33 Longmont 0.37% 91,730
34 Colorado Springs 0.35% 450,000
35 Evans 0.35% 19,967
36 Thornton 0.34% 132,310
37 John 0.33% 14,386
38 Golden 0.33% 20,365
39 Broomfield 0.32% 64,283
40 Fountain 0.32% 28,799
41 Loveland 0.31% 74,125
42 Northglenn 0.3% 38,473
43 Littleton 0.3% 45,848
44 Gunnison 0.27% 6,250
45 Aspen 0.25% 7,097
46 Frederick 0.25% 11,397
47 Delta 0.24% 8,739
48 Wellington 0.24% 7,941
49 Centennial 0.24% 108,448
50 Boulder 0.21% 106,271
51 Englewood 0.19% 33,155
52 La Junta 0.19% 6,900
53 Steamboat Springs 0.18% 12,520
54 Fort Lupton 0.18% 7,829
55 Wheat Ridge 0.17% 31,162
56 Castle Rock 0.13% 57,274
57 Superior 0.12% 12,879
58 Sheridan 0.1% 6,018
59 Carbondale 0.09% 6,632
60 Parker 0.09% 51,125
61 Lafayette 0.08% 27,440
62 Fort Morgan 0.05% 11,251
63 Greenwood Village 0.05% 15,397
64 Louisville 0.01% 20,319
65 Vail 0.0% 5,425
66 Berthoud 0.0% 6,018
67 Eagle 0.0% 6,711
68 Erie 0.0% 22,019
69 Milliken 0.0% 6,362
70 Lone Tree 0.0% 13,430
71 Lamar 0.0% 7,627
72 Glenwood Springs 0.0% 9,850

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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