There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:
- 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota is 51,999 – at 0.9% of the total population of Minnesota.
So, what how does the Native American population stratify across Minnesota? Which cities and towns in Minnesota have seen the greatest increase in their Native American population?
Which city in Minnesota had the largest Native American population?
Bemidji took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Minnesota for 2019. 13.29% of Bemidji identify as Native American.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Minnesota ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
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How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota 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 Minnesota.
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*
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 139 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 13.29% 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. Bemidji took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Kasson was the least Native American city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Minnesota 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.
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County, in north west Minnesota, United States. With a population of 14,301 as of July 1, 2016, it is the largest commercial center between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota. Bemidji houses many Native American services, including the Indian Health Service. The city is the central hub of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, White Earth Indian Reservation and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Bemidji lies on the south west shore of Lake Bemidji, the northernmost lake feeding the Mississippi River and as such is deemed ‘The First City On The Mississippi.’ Bemidji is also the self proclaimed ‘curling capital’ of the U.S. and birth place of Paul Bunyan
Cloquet kloh-KAY) is a city in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highway 33. A portion of the city lies within the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation and also serves as one of three administrative centers for the Indian Reservation. The population was 12,124 at the 2010 census.
Redwood Falls is a city in Redwood County, located along the Redwood River near its confluence with the Minnesota River, in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 5,254 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.
Virginia is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States, on the Mesabi Iron Range. The population was 8,712 at the 2010 census. According to a water tower in the middle of town, the city’s nickname is the ‘Queen City’, or ‘Queen City of the North’.
Detroit Lakes is a city in the State of Minnesota and the county seat of Becker County. The population was 8,569 at the 2010 census. Its unofficial population during summer months is much higher, estimated by citizens to peak at 13,000 midsummer, due to seasonal residents and tourists.
International Falls is a city in and the county seat of Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,424 at the 2010 census.
Morris is a city in Stevens County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,286 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.
Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, along the upper Mississippi River. The population was 16,459 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Goodhue County.
Thief River Falls, also called Thief River or TRF, is a city in Pennington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 8,573 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.
Duluth is a major port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of Saint Louis County. Duluth has a population of 86,293 and is the second-largest city on Lake Superior’s shores, after Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Canada; it has the largest metropolitan area on the lake. The Duluth MSA had a population of 279,771 in 2010, the second-largest in Minnesota.
Duluth is an awesome city in Northern Minnesota. It’s amazing in the Autumn because the trees turn fiery colors. The forest becomes a rainbow of fall colors. I also love sitting on the shore of Lake Superior and watching the crashing waves. It’s also fun to go down to the harbor and watch the giant ships pass through the channel. In the summertime you might be lucky if you get to see the Ancient Maritime ships. Duluth is also the home of Glensheen Manor, which is truly haunted, but is also famous for the movie with Patty Duke, ‘You’ll Like My Mother’. Duluth is a pretty hilly city. It’s not flat at all as far as driving. There are a lot of unique victorian houses.
Favorite places would be the Maritime museum, watching the seagulls s****h food from people’s hands. Also the Duluth Zoo and walking along the boardwalk. It’s also just a hop, skip, and jump from Superior Wisconsin. The ship wrecks are really cool too!
There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Minnesota
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Native American populations across Minnesota according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Native American places in Minnesota:
- Oak Grove
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What Are The Most Native American Places In Minnesota?
|Rank||City||% Native American|
|9||Thief River Falls||1.82%|
|26||East Grand Forks||0.81%|
|29||Spring Lake Park||0.75%|
|57||South St. Paul||0.38%|
|65||St. Louis Park||0.33%|
|67||White Bear Lake||0.31%|
|75||West St. Paul||0.28%|
|94||Inver Grove Heights||0.15%|