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


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana is 64,251 – at 6.2% of the total population of Montana.

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

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

  1. Lame Deer (Photos)
  2. North Browning
  3. Pablo (Photos)
  4. Hardin (Photos)
  5. Wolf Point (Photos)
  6. Cut Bank (Photos)
  7. Colstrip (Photos)
  8. Polson (Photos)
  9. Havre (Photos)
  10. Lockwood

Which city in Montana had the largest Native American population?

Lame Deer took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Montana for 2019. 93.24% of Lame Deer identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Montana reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Montana 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 Montana.

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 2,000 people. That left us with 49 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 93.24% 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. Lame Deer took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Lolo was the least Native American city.

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

Lame Deer, MT

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/10

Population: 2,188
% Native American: 93.24%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,040
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.4%
More on Lame Deer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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3
/10

Population: 2,582
% Native American: 90.55%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,338
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.18%
More on North Browning: Real Estate | Data

Pablo, MT

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/10

Population: 2,722
% Native American: 55.44%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,509
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.04%
More on Pablo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hardin, MT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,812
% Native American: 45.8%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,746
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.73%
More on Hardin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wolf Point, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,792
% Native American: 35.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 999
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.85%
More on Wolf Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cut Bank, MT

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,009
% Native American: 32.87%
# Of Native American Residents: 989
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.2%
More on Cut Bank: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Review Of Montana by HomeSnacks User

I do not believe this report. I live in Cut Bank and we have way more than 0 African American’s living there.

Colstrip, MT

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,253
% Native American: 16.6%
# Of Native American Residents: 374
Percent Change Since 2010: 222.41%
More on Colstrip: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Polson, MT

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,702
% Native American: 16.04%
# Of Native American Residents: 754
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.59%
More on Polson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Havre, MT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,763
% Native American: 11.74%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,146
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.91%
More on Havre: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Havre is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,503
% Native American: 8.86%
# Of Native American Residents: 665
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.94%
More on Lockwood: Real Estate | Data

Lockwood is a census-designated place in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States. Lockwood had the largest growth rate in the state of Montana with 57.8% growth since 2000. The 2010 census put Lockwood-s population at 6,797. Lockwood is a suburb of Billings and is the second largest community in the Billings Metropolitan Area. Annexation of Lockwood to Billings has been studied; however, the June 2009 Billings City Council Annexation Plan states that the city has no plans to annex Lockwood in the foreseeable future.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Montana

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

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

  1. Lolo
  2. Montana City
  3. Columbus

For more Montana reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Montana?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Lame Deer 93.24% 2,188
2 North Browning 90.55% 2,582
3 Pablo 55.44% 2,722
4 Hardin 45.8% 3,812
5 Wolf Point 35.78% 2,792
6 Cut Bank 32.87% 3,009
7 Colstrip 16.6% 2,253
8 Polson 16.04% 4,702
9 Havre 11.74% 9,763
10 Lockwood 8.86% 7,503
11 Glasgow 5.18% 3,361
12 Great Falls 4.94% 59,144
13 Shelby 4.92% 3,194
14 Billings 4.14% 109,082
15 Helena Valley Northeast 3.71% 3,232
16 Malta 3.3% 2,000
17 Glendive 2.71% 5,285
18 Missoula 2.35% 70,847
19 Orchard Homes 2.34% 5,588
20 Sidney 2.28% 6,491
21 Helena Valley Southeast 2.01% 7,517
22 Hamilton 1.97% 4,570
23 Columbia Falls 1.84% 5,054
24 Helena 1.84% 30,345
25 Helena Valley Northwest 1.82% 3,949
26 Conrad 1.48% 2,841
27 Lewistown 1.38% 5,942
28 Evergreen 1.35% 7,552
29 Miles City 1.35% 8,610
30 Anaconda-Deer Lodge County 1.35% 9,131
31 Townsend 1.3% 2,000
32 Bozeman 1.1% 43,132
33 Kalispell 1.07% 21,992
34 Dillon 1.02% 4,224
35 Bigfork 0.92% 4,797
36 Malmstrom Afb 0.84% 3,929
37 Helena Valley West Central 0.82% 8,622
38 Laurel 0.73% 6,885
39 Stevensville 0.69% 2,020
40 Libby 0.53% 2,664
41 Belgrade 0.5% 8,026
42 Livingston 0.49% 7,294
43 Deer Lodge 0.33% 3,015
44 Whitefish 0.31% 7,070
45 Red Lodge 0.3% 2,349
46 Four Corners 0.3% 4,051
47 Columbus 0.22% 2,320
48 Montana City 0.0% 2,770
49 Lolo 0.0% 3,525

About Chris Kolmar

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