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


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts is 8,857 – at 0.1% of the total population of Massachusetts.

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

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

  1. Lowell (Photos)
  2. Brockton (Photos)
  3. Worcester (Photos)
  4. Salem (Photos)
  5. Lynn (Photos)
  6. Pittsfield (Photos)
  7. Springfield (Photos)
  8. Boston (Photos)
  9. Fitchburg (Photos)
  10. West Springfield Town (Photos)

Which city in Massachusetts had the largest Native American population?

Lowell took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Massachusetts for 2019. 0.36% of Lowell identify as Native American.

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

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

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How We Determined The Cities In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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 12,000 people. That left us with 53 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 0.36% 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. Lowell took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Taunton was the least Native American city.

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

Lowell, MA

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Population: 110,964
% Native American: 0.36%
# Of Native American Residents: 400
Percent Change Since 2010: 316.67%
More on Lowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lowell is a city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Located in Middlesex County, Lowell was a county seat until Massachusetts disbanded county government in 1999. With an estimated population of 109,945 in 2014, it is the fourth-largest city in Massachusetts, and the second-largest in the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The city is also part of a smaller Massachusetts statistical area called Greater Lowell, as well as New England’s Merrimack Valley region.

Brockton, MA

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Population: 95,161
% Native American: 0.35%
# Of Native American Residents: 334
Percent Change Since 2010: 413.85%
More on Brockton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brockton is a city in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States; the population was 95,314 in the 2015 Census. Brockton, along with Plymouth, are the county seats of Plymouth County. Brockton is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts and is sometimes referred to as the ‘City of Champions’, due to the success of native boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler, as well as its successful Brockton High School sports programs. Two of the villages within the city are Montello and Campello, both have the distinction of having their own MBTA Commuter Rail Stations and post offices. Campello is the smallest neighborhood in the city, but also the most populous. Brockton hosts a baseball team, the Brockton Rox. Brockton is one of the windiest cities in the United States, with an average wind speed of 14.3mph.

Review Of Massachusetts by HomeSnacks User

Brockton gets a bad rep. There are large portions of the city that are beautiful and despite the school system being overpopulated, there are plenty of opportunities for students that want to succeed.

Favorite places: Westside Pizza Shop, Fuller Craft Museum, Rocky Marciano Stadium.

Worcester, MA

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Population: 184,743
% Native American: 0.33%
# Of Native American Residents: 613
Percent Change Since 2010: 238.67%
More on Worcester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Worcester pronunciation is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city’s population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is located approximately 40 miles west of Boston, 50 miles east of Springfield and 40 miles north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the ‘Heart of the Commonwealth’, thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the mass-produced Valentine’s Day card was invented in the city.

Review Of Massachusetts by HomeSnacks User

Depending on where you live in Worcester, there’s not a lot of crime. Compared to other cities bigger or the same size as Worcester, the murder rate is pretty low based on published data. As any other city that is surrounded by a major city, Worcester is pretty much swallowed up by Boston. To have a great time out, one needs to step out of Worcester. Most of the schools in worcester are bad with a couple good ones in the best areas of Worcester.

Rent and housing prices are not too high compared to Boston and Cambridge.

Salem, MA

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7
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Population: 43,146
% Native American: 0.24%
# Of Native American Residents: 103
Percent Change Since 2010: 221.88%
More on Salem: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Salem is a coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States, located on Massachusetts’ North Shore. It is a New England bedrock of history and is considered one of the most significant seaports in Puritan American history.

Lynn, MA

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Population: 93,069
% Native American: 0.23%
# Of Native American Residents: 210
Percent Change Since 2010: 677.78%
More on Lynn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lynn is the 9th largest municipality in Massachusetts and the largest city in Essex County. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 10 miles north of downtown Boston, Lynn is part of Greater Boston’s urban inner core. An early colonial settlement and industrial center, Lynn was long colloquially referred to as the ‘City of Sin,’ owing to its historic reputation for crime and vice. Today, however, the city is known for its large international population, historic architecture, downtown cultural district, loft-style apartments, and public parks and open spaces, which include the oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation; the 2,200-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Lynn Woods Reservation; and the High Rock Tower Reservation. The city also is home to the southernmost portion of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, Lynn Heritage State Park, and the National Register-listed Diamond Historic District.

Pittsfield, MA

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Population: 43,289
% Native American: 0.22%
# Of Native American Residents: 94
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.25%
More on Pittsfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pittsfield is the largest city and the county seat of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. Although the population has declined in recent decades, Pittsfield remains the third largest municipality in western Massachusetts, behind only Springfield and Chicopee.

Springfield, MA

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Population: 154,613
% Native American: 0.22%
# Of Native American Residents: 334
Percent Change Since 2010: 135.21%
More on Springfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 153,060. Metropolitan Springfield, as one of two metropolitan areas in Massachusetts, had a population of 692,942 as of 2010.

Review Of Massachusetts by HomeSnacks User

It was a fun experience, with some great local colleges as well. The city had a lot of life and was fun for me on the whole.

The city will welcome most people and represents a great slice of life for the North East area of the United States.

Boston, MA

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Population: 669,158
% Native American: 0.22%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,442
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.41%
More on Boston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Boston BOSS-tn) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

Review Of Massachusetts by HomeSnacks User

I lived in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston for over 20 years. It was overall a very good experience. It was convenient to downtown Boston where I worked by using public transportation. My neighbors were friendly and the street I lived on was very safe.

I liked the diverse restaurants in the area, from Italian to Vietnamese and everything in between. Also I liked living near so many colleges and universities. It was fun to be around young idealistic students, thirsty for knowledge. I am very pro education and like the college atmosphere. In addition, being in Boston is great for medical purposes. Excellent health care is available nearby. Other people travel from far away to come to the hospitals in Boston.

Fitchburg, MA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 40,666
% Native American: 0.19%
# Of Native American Residents: 76
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.22%
More on Fitchburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fitchburg is the third largest city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 40,318 at the 2010 census. Fitchburg is home to Fitchburg State University as well as 17 public and private elementary and high schools.

West Springfield Town, MA

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Population: 28,671
% Native American: 0.17%
# Of Native American Residents: 50
Percent Change Since 2010: -54.13%
More on West Springfield Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Springfield is a city in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 28,391 at the 2010 census. The city is also known as ‘West Side’, in reference to the fact that it is on the western side of the Connecticut River from Springfield, a fact which played a major part in the town’s early history.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Massachusetts

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

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

  1. Taunton
  2. Gloucester
  3. North Adams

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Massachusetts?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Lowell 0.36% 110,964
2 Brockton 0.35% 95,161
3 Worcester 0.33% 184,743
4 Salem 0.24% 43,146
5 Lynn 0.23% 93,069
6 Pittsfield 0.22% 43,289
7 Springfield 0.22% 154,613
8 Boston 0.22% 669,158
9 Fitchburg 0.19% 40,666
10 West Springfield Town 0.17% 28,671
11 Waltham 0.16% 62,832
12 Gardner 0.16% 20,496
13 Holyoke 0.16% 40,362
14 Cambridge 0.15% 110,893
15 Chicopee 0.15% 55,778
16 Somerville 0.14% 79,983
17 Chelsea 0.14% 39,272
18 Barnstable Town 0.14% 44,325
19 Southbridge Town 0.12% 16,858
20 Braintree Town 0.12% 37,082
21 Quincy 0.12% 93,824
22 Marlborough 0.1% 39,771
23 Attleboro 0.09% 44,326
24 Westfield 0.09% 41,667
25 Malden 0.09% 61,212
26 Newton 0.08% 88,479
27 Weymouth Town 0.08% 55,890
28 Leominster 0.08% 41,446
29 Beverly 0.07% 41,431
30 Medford 0.07% 57,700
31 New Bedford 0.07% 95,125
32 Revere 0.06% 53,864
33 Haverhill 0.06% 62,943
34 Lawrence 0.05% 79,497
35 Greenfield Town 0.04% 17,474
36 Watertown Town 0.04% 34,553
37 Northampton 0.03% 28,548
38 Fall River 0.03% 89,258
39 Agawam Town 0.02% 28,748
40 Everett 0.02% 45,212
41 Woburn 0.0% 39,500
42 Winthrop Town 0.0% 18,391
43 Amesbury Town 0.0% 17,218
44 Melrose 0.0% 28,132
45 Methuen Town 0.0% 49,575
46 Palmer Town 0.0% 12,237
47 Newburyport 0.0% 17,890
48 Peabody 0.0% 52,610
49 Easthampton Town 0.0% 16,051
50 Franklin Town 0.0% 32,843
51 North Adams 0.0% 13,211
52 Gloucester 0.0% 29,858
53 Taunton 0.0% 56,826

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