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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska is 13,112 – at 0.7% of the total population of Nebraska.

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

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

  1. Chadron (Photos)
  2. Alliance (Photos)
  3. South Sioux City (Photos)
  4. Norfolk (Photos)
  5. Scottsbluff (Photos)
  6. Nebraska City (Photos)
  7. Beatrice (Photos)
  8. Gering (Photos)
  9. Lexington (Photos)
  10. Columbus (Photos)

Which city in Nebraska had the largest Native American population?

Chadron took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Nebraska for 2019. 4.31% of Chadron identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 31 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 4.31% 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. Chadron took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Wayne was the least Native American city.

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

Chadron, NE

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8
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Population: 5,704
% Native American: 4.31%
# Of Native American Residents: 246
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.36%
More on Chadron: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dawes County, and the location of Chadron State College.

Alliance, NE

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Population: 8,392
% Native American: 3.74%
# Of Native American Residents: 314
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.49%
More on Alliance: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alliance is a city in Box Butte County, in the northwestern part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Its population was 8,491 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Box Butte County.

Review Of Nebraska by HomeSnacks User

When I moved to Alliance in 1987 thought there would be a tree lighting ceremony around Christmas or community events around the holidays. But instead I found a town that has a high drug rate and crime rate.

I saw children grow up who had such potential turn into addicts.

South Sioux City, NE

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Population: 13,145
% Native American: 2.91%
# Of Native American Residents: 382
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.04%
More on South Sioux City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Sioux City is a city in Dakota County, Nebraska, United States. It is located immediately across the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa, and is part of the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,353, making it the 14th largest city in Nebraska.

Review Of Nebraska by DreadOcean 72972

I live in South Sioux City GOOOOO CARDINALS!!!!! even though our girls high school basket ball is the only good team here but SSC is nit the worst town here

Norfolk, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 24,352
% Native American: 1.73%
# Of Native American Residents: 421
Percent Change Since 2010: 114.8%
More on Norfolk: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Norfolk is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States, 113 miles northwest of Omaha and 83 miles west of Sioux City at the intersection of U.S. Routes 81 and 275. The population was 24,210 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in Nebraska. It is the principal city of the Norfolk Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Scottsbluff, NE

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Population: 14,887
% Native American: 1.13%
# Of Native American Residents: 168
Percent Change Since 2010: -51.16%
More on Scottsbluff: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. The population was 15,039 at the 2010 census. Scottsbluff is the largest city in the Nebraska Panhandle, and the 13th largest city in Nebraska.

Nebraska City, NE

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7
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Population: 7,288
% Native American: 0.82%
# Of Native American Residents: 60
Percent Change Since 2010: 361.54%
More on Nebraska City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nebraska City is a city in, and the county seat of, Otoe County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,289.

Beatrice, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 12,309
% Native American: 0.66%
# Of Native American Residents: 81
Percent Change Since 2010: 575.0%
More on Beatrice: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beatrice is a city in and the county seat of Gage County, Nebraska. Its population was 12,459 at the 2010 census. It is located 40 miles south of Lincoln on the Big Blue River. It is surrounded by agricultural country.

Gering, NE

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8.5
/10

Population: 8,377
% Native American: 0.66%
# Of Native American Residents: 55
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Gering: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gering is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 8,500 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Scotts Bluff County.

Lexington, NE

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 10,097
% Native American: 0.64%
# Of Native American Residents: 65
Percent Change Since 2010: 983.33%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lexington is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 10,230 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dawson County. Lexington is located in southern Nebraska, on the Platte River, southeast of North Platte. It sits along the route of U.S. Route 30 and the Union Pacific Railroad. In the 1860s it was the location of a stop along the Pony Express.

Columbus, NE

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7
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Population: 22,834
% Native American: 0.47%
# Of Native American Residents: 107
Percent Change Since 2010: 365.22%
More on Columbus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Columbus is a city in and the county seat of Platte County, in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. The population was 22,111 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Nebraska

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

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

  1. Wayne
  2. Sidney
  3. Seward

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Nebraska?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Chadron 4.31% 5,704
2 Alliance 3.74% 8,392
3 South Sioux City 2.91% 13,145
4 Norfolk 1.73% 24,352
5 Scottsbluff 1.13% 14,887
6 Nebraska City 0.82% 7,288
7 Beatrice 0.66% 12,309
8 Gering 0.66% 8,377
9 Lexington 0.64% 10,097
10 Columbus 0.47% 22,834
11 Lincoln 0.46% 277,315
12 Fremont 0.38% 26,356
13 Grand Island 0.36% 51,042
14 Bellevue 0.36% 53,040
15 Omaha 0.36% 463,081
16 Crete 0.32% 7,079
17 La Vista 0.31% 17,062
18 Ralston 0.3% 7,348
19 Papillion 0.3% 19,478
20 Holdrege 0.25% 5,497
21 Hastings 0.14% 24,948
22 North Platte 0.13% 24,135
23 Kearney 0.13% 33,082
24 Blair 0.04% 8,011
25 York 0.03% 7,890
26 Plattsmouth 0.0% 6,435
27 Mccook 0.0% 7,622
28 Schuyler 0.0% 6,229
29 Seward 0.0% 7,124
30 Sidney 0.0% 6,830
31 Wayne 0.0% 5,557

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