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


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois is 14,458 – at 0.1% of the total population of Illinois.

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

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

  1. Maryville
  2. Winthrop Harbor
  3. Berkeley
  4. Loves Park
  5. Kankakee (Photos)
  6. Olney (Photos)
  7. Marseilles (Photos)
  8. Niles (Photos)
  9. Spring Valley (Photos)
  10. Silvis (Photos)

Which city in Illinois had the largest Native American population?

Maryville took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Illinois for 2019. 1.57% of Maryville identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Illinois reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Illinois 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 Illinois.

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 329 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 1.57% 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. Maryville took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Addison was the least Native American city.

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

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Population: 7,844
% Native American: 1.57%
# Of Native American Residents: 123
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Maryville: Real Estate | Data

Maryville is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,487 at the 2010 census, an increase of 61.0% since the 2000 census.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,807
% Native American: 0.88%
# Of Native American Residents: 60
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Winthrop Harbor: Real Estate | Data

Winthrop Harbor is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,742 at the 2010 census. It is located along the northern border of Illinois and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Winthrop Harbor is known for its North Point Marina, and is a warning demarcation point for the National Weather Service’s marine warnings for Lake Michigan. With moorage over 1,500 boats, it is the largest marina on the Great Lakes. Nearly one million visitors take advantage of the marina, its associated beaches and other recreational facilities every summer.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,205
% Native American: 0.79%
# Of Native American Residents: 41
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Berkeley: Real Estate | Data

Berkeley is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Incorporated in 1924, the population at the 2010 census was 5,209.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,320
% Native American: 0.67%
# Of Native American Residents: 163
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Loves Park: Real Estate | Data

Loves Park is a city in Boone and Winnebago counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 23,996 at the 2010 census, up from 20,044 in 2000.

Review Of Illinois by HomeSnacks User

As far as places to live, Loves Park IL isn’t the worst. Your kids will end up in the Harlem school district, home of the Harlem Huskies and we bleed orange and black. That’s if you send them to public school of course. They actually teach more than just abstinence s*x ed there, have a pretty solid academic program, and when I was at the high school from 2008-2012 the sports teams were all pretty killer too. Your kids could do worse.

It’s smooshed up between Machesney Park and the ‘good’ part of Rockford. Yes, Rockford IL. That place where all the supposed BAD things from Chicago come to rot, but honestly, as long as you stick to the 61111 and 61115 area codes, you’re fine. Living in a solidly middle-class neighborhood, we’re able to leave our doors unlocked without any worries. I’ve lived in this area my whole life and feel pretty dang lucky really.

Loves Park is known for Beef-A-Roo, and while I’m not a huge fan after having so much, they do have pretty amazing shakes & cheese fries. Those two things are a must every time my best friend comes home for a visit and I recommend trying them once.

For a trip outside, Rock Cut State Park is gorgeous and filled with plenty of trails to explore. They also have canoes and paddle boats you can take out onto the lake. Oh! and a dog training area where you can let your pooch off leash as long as they’re trained for that.

The biggest claim to fame in the area are Jane and Homer, our local Dinos at the Burpee Museum. The Museum mostly houses the history of the local area but the museum also found Jane and Homer while on a couple of different digs so they go to keep them. My family even has a painting of Homer’s skull and some of the petrified wood that was found with him that they won at an auction held at the museum opening night of his exhibit so he has a special place in our hearts. They’re currently working on uncovering the bones from another dino they’ve named Pearl. They have people working on Pearl in their lab which has viewing windows for you to watch them work!

Kankakee, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 26,036
% Native American: 0.55%
# Of Native American Residents: 144
Percent Change Since 2010: 206.38%
More on Kankakee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kankakee is a city in and the county seat of Kankakee County, Illinois, United States. The city’s name is probably derived from the Miami-Illinois word teeyaahkiki, meaning: ‘Open countryland in open/land exposed to view,’ in reference to the area’s prior status as a marsh. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 27,537. Kankakee is a principal city of the Kankakee-Bourbonnais-Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area

Review Of Illinois by Rosie Graf

Oh come on I live in Kankakee it’s not that bad

Olney, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 8,910
% Native American: 0.51%
# Of Native American Residents: 45
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Olney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Olney is a city in Richland County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,631 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Richland County.

Marseilles, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 5,058
% Native American: 0.47%
# Of Native American Residents: 24
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Marseilles: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Niles, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,823
% Native American: 0.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 135
Percent Change Since 2010: 1587.5%
More on Niles: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Niles is a village in Maine and Niles townships, Cook County, Illinois, United States. The 2010 population from the U.S. Census Bureau was 29,803.

Spring Valley, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,331
% Native American: 0.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 24
Percent Change Since 2010: 140.0%
More on Spring Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Spring Valley is a city situated on the Illinois River in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,398 at the 2000 census, and 5,558 in 2010. It is part of the Ottawa-Streator Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Silvis, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,586
% Native American: 0.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 34
Percent Change Since 2010: 209.09%
More on Silvis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Silvis is a city in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. It is part of a larger metropolitan area known as the Quad Cities. The Quad Cities Metropolitan Area is situated across four counties in Illinois and Iowa. Silvis is the first community one encounters when entering the Quad Cities from the east on Interstate 88. Four miles from the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 88, Chicago, Des Moines and Omaha are just a few hours away.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Illinois

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

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

  1. Addison
  2. Northlake
  3. Northfield

For more Illinois reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Illinois?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Maryville 1.57% 7,844
2 Winthrop Harbor 0.88% 6,807
3 Berkeley 0.79% 5,205
4 Loves Park 0.67% 24,320
5 Kankakee 0.55% 26,036
6 Olney 0.51% 8,910
7 Marseilles 0.47% 5,058
8 Niles 0.45% 29,823
9 Spring Valley 0.45% 5,331
10 Silvis 0.45% 7,586
11 Greenville 0.44% 6,746
12 Pinckneyville 0.44% 5,412
13 Pontoon Beach 0.44% 5,881
14 Plano 0.43% 11,863
15 Elburn 0.43% 5,639
16 West Frankfort 0.42% 7,867
17 Decatur 0.39% 73,505
18 Granite City 0.37% 29,632
19 Edwardsville 0.36% 24,823
20 Rock Island 0.36% 38,560
21 Winnetka 0.35% 12,504
22 Brookfield 0.35% 18,937
23 Taylorville 0.34% 11,027
24 Mount Zion 0.32% 5,979
25 Salem 0.3% 7,044
26 Jacksonville 0.3% 18,812
27 Peoria 0.3% 115,424
28 Round Lake 0.29% 18,533
29 Urbana 0.29% 42,141
30 Du Quoin 0.29% 5,876
31 East St. Louis 0.28% 26,678
32 Macomb 0.28% 18,684
33 Belleville 0.27% 42,283
34 Vandalia 0.27% 7,013
35 Charleston 0.27% 21,202
36 Rockton 0.27% 7,474
37 Monticello 0.26% 5,745
38 Gurnee 0.26% 30,971
39 Orland Hills 0.25% 7,226
40 Streamwood 0.24% 40,615
41 Murphysboro 0.24% 7,952
42 Hillsboro 0.24% 7,231
43 Normal 0.23% 54,531
44 Robbins 0.23% 5,203
45 Franklin Park 0.23% 18,257
46 Calumet City 0.23% 37,091
47 Channahon 0.22% 12,455
48 Mchenry 0.22% 26,730
49 Mendota 0.21% 6,980
50 Geneseo 0.21% 6,557
51 Pekin 0.21% 33,747
52 Carlinville 0.21% 5,327
53 Moline 0.21% 42,644
54 North Aurora 0.21% 17,473
55 Mundelein 0.2% 31,786
56 Cahokia 0.2% 14,408
57 Centreville 0.2% 5,094
58 Quincy 0.19% 40,587
59 Des Plaines 0.19% 58,805
60 Crestwood 0.19% 10,959
61 Troy 0.19% 10,208
62 Rantoul 0.18% 13,190
63 Coal City 0.18% 5,574
64 Schaumburg 0.18% 74,427
65 Blue Island 0.18% 22,446
66 Lincolnwood 0.17% 12,637
67 Ottawa 0.17% 18,779
68 Princeton 0.17% 7,698
69 Columbia 0.17% 10,188
70 East Moline 0.16% 21,302
71 Waukegan 0.16% 87,999
72 Rock Falls 0.16% 8,898
73 Carbondale 0.16% 26,196
74 Mattoon 0.16% 17,370
75 Hoopeston 0.15% 5,186
76 Prospect Heights 0.15% 16,345
77 Hanover Park 0.15% 38,350
78 Mount Prospect 0.15% 54,493
79 Lockport 0.15% 25,198
80 Litchfield 0.14% 6,951
81 Lansing 0.14% 28,308
82 Alsip 0.14% 19,302
83 Mascoutah 0.14% 7,883
84 Clarendon Hills 0.14% 8,680
85 Hazel Crest 0.14% 13,935
86 Oswego 0.14% 33,759
87 Centralia 0.14% 12,582
88 Rockford 0.13% 148,640
89 Markham 0.13% 12,649
90 Libertyville 0.13% 20,504
91 Burbank 0.12% 29,081
92 Skokie 0.12% 64,773
93 Oak Brook 0.12% 8,108
94 Chicago 0.12% 2,722,586
95 Naperville 0.12% 146,431
96 Wheeling 0.12% 38,264
97 Canton 0.12% 14,187
98 Bloomington 0.12% 78,426
99 Homer Glen 0.11% 24,403
100 Carpentersville 0.11% 38,280

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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