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


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Idaho is 17,902 – at 1.1% of the total population of Idaho.

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

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

  1. Rathdrum (Photos)
  2. Star
  3. Coeur d’Alene (Photos)
  4. Mountain Home (Photos)
  5. Lewiston (Photos)
  6. Pocatello (Photos)
  7. Preston (Photos)
  8. Twin Falls (Photos)
  9. Caldwell (Photos)
  10. Burley (Photos)

Which city in Idaho had the largest Native American population?

Rathdrum took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Idaho for 2019. 2.5% of Rathdrum identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Idaho reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Idaho 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 Idaho.

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 32 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 2.5% to 0.01%.

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

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

Rathdrum, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,592
% Native American: 2.5%
# Of Native American Residents: 190
Percent Change Since 2010: 955.56%
More on Rathdrum: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rathdrum is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,826 at the 2010 census, up from 4816 in 2000. It is part of the Coeur d’Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entire county. It is named after Rathdrum in Ireland.

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6
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Population: 7,832
% Native American: 1.83%
# Of Native American Residents: 143
Percent Change Since 2010: 155.36%
More on Star: Real Estate | Data

Coeur D

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 48,618
% Native American: 1.58%
# Of Native American Residents: 766
Percent Change Since 2010: 194.62%
More on Coeur D’alene: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coeur d’Alene KOR d-LAYN) is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. It is the principal city of the Coeur d’Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Coeur d’Alene was 44,137. The city is a satellite city of Spokane, which is located about 30 miles to the west, in the state of Washington. The two cities are the key components of the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Combined Statistical Area, of which Coeur d’Alene is the third-largest city. Coeur d’Alene is the largest city in northern Idaho Panhandle. The city is situated on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, 25 miles in length. Locally, Coeur d’Alene is known as the ‘Lake City’, or simply called by its initials: ‘CDA’.

Mountain Home, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,867
% Native American: 1.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 201
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.84%
More on Mountain Home: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Review Of Idaho by HomeSnacks User

The crime rate is under control. As a perfect town for cheap living for retirement. I have lived here for over 6 years coming from Washington it really nice small town. Great changes coming for things to do. Your 35 miles from Boise if you need things that My. Home doesnt have. Come and enjoy the easy life.

The parks are well taken care of.

Lewiston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,482
% Native American: 1.35%
# Of Native American Residents: 440
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.72%
More on Lewiston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lewiston is a city in north central Idaho and the county seat of Nez Perce County. It is the second-largest city in the northern Idaho region, behind Coeur d’Alene, and ninth-largest in the state. Lewiston is the principal city of the Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Nez Perce County and Asotin County, Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lewiston was 31,894, up from 30,904 in 2000.

Pocatello, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,658
% Native American: 1.28%
# Of Native American Residents: 697
Percent Change Since 2010: -32.26%
More on Pocatello: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pocatello ) is the county seat and largest city of Bannock County, with a small portion on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in neighboring Power County, in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. It is the principal city of the Pocatello metropolitan area, which encompasses all of Bannock county. As of the 2010 census the population of Pocatello was 54,255.

Review Of Idaho by mylife myworld

I live in pocatello. And we could have better schools. But it’s a great place to live and I have raised 3 kids and 5 Grandkids. And it a great place to live.

Preston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 5,268
% Native American: 1.12%
# Of Native American Residents: 59
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.69%
More on Preston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Preston is a city in Franklin County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,204 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County. It is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Twin Falls, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 47,340
% Native American: 1.09%
# Of Native American Residents: 515
Percent Change Since 2010: 381.31%
More on Twin Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Twin Falls is the county seat and largest city of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. The city had a population of 44,125 as of the 2010 census.

Caldwell, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 51,634
% Native American: 0.92%
# Of Native American Residents: 475
Percent Change Since 2010: 289.34%
More on Caldwell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Caldwell is a city in and the county seat of Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 46,237 at the 2010 census.

Burley, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,336
% Native American: 0.87%
# Of Native American Residents: 90
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.71%
More on Burley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Idaho

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

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

  1. Rexburg
  2. Meridian
  3. Hailey

For more Idaho reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Idaho?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Rathdrum 2.5% 7,592
2 Star 1.83% 7,832
3 Coeur D’alene 1.58% 48,618
4 Mountain Home 1.45% 13,867
5 Lewiston 1.35% 32,482
6 Pocatello 1.28% 54,658
7 Preston 1.12% 5,268
8 Twin Falls 1.09% 47,340
9 Caldwell 0.92% 51,634
10 Burley 0.87% 10,336
11 Moscow 0.82% 24,833
12 Nampa 0.78% 89,576
13 Blackfoot 0.75% 11,850
14 Middleton 0.7% 6,716
15 Emmett 0.7% 6,593
16 Payette 0.58% 7,366
17 Boise City 0.57% 220,859
18 Idaho Falls 0.5% 59,414
19 Sandpoint 0.43% 7,918
20 Weiser 0.39% 5,325
21 Chubbuck 0.35% 14,470
22 Jerome 0.34% 11,306
23 Hayden 0.31% 14,096
24 Post Falls 0.24% 30,886
25 Rupert 0.19% 5,738
26 Ammon 0.16% 14,998
27 Eagle 0.16% 23,708
28 Garden City 0.1% 11,637
29 Kuna 0.09% 17,590
30 Hailey 0.06% 8,097
31 Meridian 0.05% 91,917
32 Rexburg 0.01% 27,369

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.

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