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


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine is 7,644 – at 0.6% of the total population of Maine.

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

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

  1. Presque Isle (Photos)
  2. Old Town (Photos)
  3. Rockland (Photos)
  4. Augusta (Photos)
  5. Bangor (Photos)
  6. Caribou (Photos)
  7. Biddeford (Photos)
  8. Gardiner (Photos)
  9. Waterville (Photos)
  10. Ellsworth (Photos)

Which city in Maine had the largest Native American population?

Presque Isle took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Maine for 2019. 2.78% of Presque Isle identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Maine reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Maine 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 Maine.

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 19 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 2.78% 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. Presque Isle took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Belfast was the least Native American city.

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

Presque Isle, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,246
% Native American: 2.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 257
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.98%
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Presque Isle is the commercial center and largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,171 in 2015 as estimated by the US Census, a decrease from the count of 9,692 in the 2010 Census. The city is home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College, Husson University Presque Isle, Northern Maine Fairgrounds, The Aroostook Centre Mall, and the Northern Maine Regional Airport.

Old Town, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,594
% Native American: 2.36%
# Of Native American Residents: 179
Percent Change Since 2010: -36.07%
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Old Town is a city in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,840 at the 2010 census. The city’s developed area is chiefly located on relatively large Marsh Island, though its boundaries extend beyond that. The island is surrounded and defined by the Penobscot River to the east, and the Stillwater River to the west.

Rockland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,204
% Native American: 1.4%
# Of Native American Residents: 101
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Rockland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,297. It is the county seat of Knox County. The city is a popular tourist destination. It is a departure point for the Maine State Ferry Service to the islands of Penobscot Bay: Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus.

Augusta, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,626
% Native American: 1.26%
# Of Native American Residents: 234
Percent Change Since 2010: 91.8%
More on Augusta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Augusta is the capital of the U.S. state of Maine and the county seat of Kennebec County.

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Bangor, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 32,237
% Native American: 0.74%
# Of Native American Residents: 237
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.14%
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Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746. Bangor is known as the ‘Queen City’ of Maine.

Caribou, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,827
% Native American: 0.69%
# Of Native American Residents: 54
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.95%
More on Caribou: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Caribou is the second largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. Its population was 8,189 at the 2010 census.

Biddeford, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,413
% Native American: 0.41%
# Of Native American Residents: 88
Percent Change Since 2010: -40.94%
More on Biddeford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Biddeford is a city in York County, Maine, United States. It is the principal commercial center of York County. The population was 21,277 at the 2010 census. Twin city of Saco, Biddeford includes the resort community of Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks and Granite Point. The town is the site of the University of New England and the annual La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival. First visited by Europeans in 1616, it is the site of one of the earliest European settlements in the United States.

Gardiner, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,672
% Native American: 0.39%
# Of Native American Residents: 22
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.79%
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Gardiner is a city in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 5,800 at the 2010 census. Popular with tourists, Gardiner is noted for its culture and old architecture. Gardiner is included in the Augusta, Maine micropolitan New England City and Town Area.

Waterville, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,374
% Native American: 0.37%
# Of Native American Residents: 60
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.36%
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Waterville is a city in Kennebec County of the U.S. state of Maine, United States, on the west bank of the Kennebec River. Home to Colby College and Thomas College, the population was 15,722 at the 2010 census. Waterville is also the latter of the cities which make up the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Ellsworth, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,916
% Native American: 0.35%
# Of Native American Residents: 28
Percent Change Since 2010: 154.55%
More on Ellsworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States. The 2010 Census determined it had a population of 7,741. Ellsworth was Maine’s fastest growing city from 2000-2010, with a growth rate of nearly 20 percent. With historic buildings and other points of interest, Ellsworth is popular with tourists.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Maine

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

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

  1. Belfast
  2. South Portland
  3. Bath

For more Maine reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Maine?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Presque Isle 2.78% 9,246
2 Old Town 2.36% 7,594
3 Rockland 1.4% 7,204
4 Augusta 1.26% 18,626
5 Bangor 0.74% 32,237
6 Caribou 0.69% 7,827
7 Biddeford 0.41% 21,413
8 Gardiner 0.39% 5,672
9 Waterville 0.37% 16,374
10 Ellsworth 0.35% 7,916
11 Lewiston 0.28% 36,211
12 Brewer 0.27% 9,167
13 Auburn 0.22% 22,941
14 Westbrook 0.21% 18,156
15 Portland 0.13% 66,715
16 Saco 0.13% 19,127
17 Bath 0.1% 8,314
18 South Portland 0.01% 25,431
19 Belfast 0.0% 6,680

About Chris Kolmar

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