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


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan is 44,263 – at 0.4% of the total population of Michigan.

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

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

  1. Sault Ste. Marie (Photos)
  2. Dowagiac (Photos)
  3. Manistee (Photos)
  4. Petoskey (Photos)
  5. Escanaba (Photos)
  6. Inkster (Photos)
  7. Kingsford (Photos)
  8. Lapeer (Photos)
  9. Mount Pleasant (Photos)
  10. Traverse City (Photos)

Which city in Michigan had the largest Native American population?

Sault Ste. Marie took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Michigan for 2019. 12.67% of Sault Ste. Marie identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Michigan reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Michigan 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 Michigan.

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 146 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 12.67% 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. Sault Ste. Marie took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while St. Clair was the least Native American city.

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

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,798
% Native American: 12.67%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,748
Percent Change Since 2010: -29.0%
More on Sault Ste. Marie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sault Ste. Marie is a city in, and the county seat of, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated on the northeastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, on the Canada-US border, and separated from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by the St. Marys River. The city is relatively isolated from other communities in Michigan and is 346 miles from Detroit. The population was 14,144 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous city in the Upper Peninsula. By contrast, the Canadian Sault Ste. Marie is much larger, with more than 75,000 residents, based on more extensive industry developed in the 20th century and an economy with closer connections to other communities.

Dowagiac, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,812
% Native American: 3.46%
# Of Native American Residents: 201
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.9%
More on Dowagiac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dowagiac is a city in Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,879 at the 2010 census. It is part of the South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Manistee, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,079
% Native American: 2.15%
# Of Native American Residents: 131
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.56%
More on Manistee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manistee is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,226 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Manistee County. The name ‘Manistee’ is from an Ojibwe word first applied to the principal river of the county. The derivation is not certain, but it may be from ministigweyaa, ‘river with islands at its mouth’. Other sources claim that it was an Ojibwe term meaning ‘spirit of the woods’.

Petoskey, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,696
% Native American: 2.14%
# Of Native American Residents: 122
Percent Change Since 2010: -31.07%
More on Petoskey: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,670 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Emmet County.

Escanaba, MI

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 12,364
% Native American: 2.05%
# Of Native American Residents: 254
Percent Change Since 2010: -27.43%
More on Escanaba: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on the Escanaba River in the banana belt of the state’s Upper Peninsula. The population was 12,616 at the 2010 census, making it the third-largest city in the Upper Peninsula after Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. It is the seat of government of Delta County.

Inkster, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 24,670
% Native American: 1.59%
# Of Native American Residents: 393
Percent Change Since 2010: 589.47%
More on Inkster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Inkster is a city in Wayne County, Michigan, United States. At the 2010 census, the city population was 25,369. It is one of the few Metro Detroit suburbs whose population is majority African American.

Kingsford, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,044
% Native American: 1.59%
# Of Native American Residents: 80
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Kingsford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lapeer, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,769
% Native American: 1.2%
# Of Native American Residents: 105
Percent Change Since 2010: 275.0%
More on Lapeer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lapeer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Lapeer County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,841. Most of the city was incorporated from land that was formerly in Lapeer Township, though portions were also annexed from Mayfield Township and Elba Township. The city government is politically independent of all three townships. Lapeer is in southern Michigan, east of Flint, on the Flint River. The name ‘Lapeer’ is a corruption of the French la pierre, which means ‘the flint’.

Review Of Michigan by HomeSnacks User

There’s a vibrant, growing, beautiful city. I have lived in Lapeer my entire 47 years, and I have never been a victim of a crime. In addition to that, they may be grouping the county in with their ‘facts’ on crime and unemployment. It is true that Lapeer County has a higher unemployment rate, but the county is made up of numerous rural communities. Lapeer city itself is absolutely a perfect place to raise a family.

Mount Pleasant, MI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,711
% Native American: 1.17%
# Of Native American Residents: 302
Percent Change Since 2010: -43.23%
More on Mount Pleasant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Pleasant is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Isabella County, located in Central Michigan. The population was 26,016 at the 2010 census.

Traverse City, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,550
% Native American: 1.15%
# Of Native American Residents: 179
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.54%
More on Traverse City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Traverse City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Grand Traverse County, although a small portion extends into Leelanau County. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. The population was 14,674 at the 2010 census, with 143,372 in the Traverse City micropolitan area.

Review Of Michigan by HomeSnacks User

I live in Traverse City! Could it be that we’re one of the few towns in Michigan with people who can actually afford alcohol-

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Michigan

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

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

  1. St. Clair
  2. Saline
  3. Grand Blanc

For more Michigan reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Michigan?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Sault Ste. Marie 12.67% 13,798
2 Dowagiac 3.46% 5,812
3 Manistee 2.15% 6,079
4 Petoskey 2.14% 5,696
5 Escanaba 2.05% 12,364
6 Inkster 1.59% 24,670
7 Kingsford 1.59% 5,044
8 Lapeer 1.2% 8,769
9 Mount Pleasant 1.17% 25,711
10 Traverse City 1.15% 15,550
11 Milan 1.01% 5,965
12 Cadillac 0.95% 10,375
13 Marquette 0.93% 21,081
14 Eastpointe 0.87% 32,601
15 Albion 0.86% 8,263
16 Monroe 0.85% 20,128
17 Center Line 0.81% 8,299
18 Walled Lake 0.79% 7,174
19 Ironwood 0.79% 5,051
20 Melvindale 0.76% 10,432
21 Niles 0.74% 11,332
22 Eaton Rapids 0.71% 5,191
23 Howell 0.67% 9,514
24 Battle Creek 0.67% 51,505
25 Mount Clemens 0.64% 16,383
26 Southgate 0.64% 29,291
27 Hastings 0.63% 7,289
28 Big Rapids 0.61% 10,413
29 Norton Shores 0.61% 24,234
30 Midland 0.59% 41,958
31 Roseville 0.59% 47,617
32 Muskegon 0.58% 38,189
33 Flint 0.57% 97,810
34 Ferndale 0.51% 20,159
35 Wyoming 0.5% 75,124
36 Milford 0.5% 6,449
37 Garden City 0.49% 26,889
38 Madison Heights 0.48% 30,173
39 Grosse Pointe Park 0.48% 11,240
40 Grand Haven 0.47% 10,929
41 Berkley 0.46% 15,269
42 Iron Mountain 0.46% 7,450
43 Mason 0.45% 8,387
44 Belding 0.44% 5,730
45 Woodhaven 0.42% 12,565
46 Houghton 0.42% 7,882
47 Bay City 0.42% 33,736
48 East Grand Rapids 0.41% 11,493
49 Hazel Park 0.39% 16,587
50 Taylor 0.38% 61,648
51 Dearborn Heights 0.38% 56,201
52 St. Louis 0.37% 7,261
53 Tecumseh 0.37% 8,351
54 Alpena 0.37% 10,123
55 Ionia 0.36% 11,253
56 Holland 0.34% 33,488
57 Saginaw 0.33% 49,366
58 Portage 0.32% 48,072
59 Auburn Hills 0.32% 22,644
60 Alma 0.32% 9,108
61 Grand Rapids 0.32% 195,355
62 Coldwater 0.31% 10,819
63 Pontiac 0.3% 60,039
64 Lansing 0.3% 115,222
65 Hillsdale 0.29% 8,170
66 Lincoln Park 0.28% 37,028
67 Westland 0.28% 82,172
68 East Lansing 0.28% 48,281
69 Warren 0.27% 135,147
70 Grand Ledge 0.27% 7,799
71 Detroit 0.27% 679,865
72 Owosso 0.26% 14,641
73 Novi 0.24% 58,835
74 St. Joseph 0.24% 8,301
75 Holly 0.23% 6,173
76 Flushing 0.22% 8,058
77 Rochester 0.22% 12,987
78 Harper Woods 0.22% 13,890
79 Farmington 0.22% 10,560
80 Troy 0.22% 83,336
81 Charlotte 0.21% 9,062
82 Huntington Woods 0.19% 6,347
83 Sturgis 0.18% 10,861
84 Ann Arbor 0.18% 119,303
85 Zeeland 0.18% 5,584
86 Wyandotte 0.18% 25,175
87 Wayne 0.17% 17,090
88 Fenton 0.17% 11,364
89 Adrian 0.16% 20,743
90 St. Clair Shores 0.16% 59,865
91 Ecorse 0.16% 9,321
92 New Baltimore 0.15% 12,315
93 Trenton 0.15% 18,392
94 Flat Rock 0.15% 9,889
95 Kalamazoo 0.15% 75,833
96 Hamtramck 0.15% 21,959
97 Port Huron 0.15% 29,285
98 Jackson 0.15% 32,875
99 Riverview 0.13% 12,192
100 Sterling Heights 0.13% 131,996

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