10 Cities In North Carolina With The Largest Native American Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina is 109,080 – at 1.1% of the total population of North Carolina.

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

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

  1. Lumberton (Photos)
  2. Laurinburg (Photos)
  3. Gibsonville (Photos)
  4. Marion (Photos)
  5. Hamlet (Photos)
  6. Fletcher (Photos)
  7. Clinton (Photos)
  8. Oak Ridge (Photos)
  9. Hope Mills (Photos)
  10. Stallings

Which city in North Carolina had the largest Native American population?

Lumberton took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in North Carolina for 2019. 12.6% of Lumberton identify as Native American.

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

To see where North Carolina 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 North Carolina or the most diverse places in North Carolina.

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 12.6% 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. Lumberton took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Davidson was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in North Carolina 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.

Lumberton, NC

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 21,366
% Native American: 12.6%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,692
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.59%
More on Lumberton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lumberton is a city in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States. The population has grown to 21,542 in the 2010 census from 20,795 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Robeson County. Lumberton, located in southern North Carolina’s Inner Banks region, is located on the Lumber River. Founded in 1787 by John Willis, an officer in the American Revolution, Lumberton was originally a shipping point for lumber used by the Navy, which was sent downriver to Georgetown, South Carolina. Most of the town’s growth, however, began shortly after World War II.

Review Of North Carolina by HomeSnacks User

I use to live in lumberton, most of my family is there still. It is a getto of gettos. Though they did forget to add it is highly inbred.

Laurinburg, NC

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Population: 15,320
% Native American: 6.91%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,058
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.26%
More on Laurinburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laurinburg is a city in and the county seat of Scotland County, North Carolina, United States. Located in southern North Carolina near the South Carolina border, Laurinburg is southwest of Fayetteville and is home to St. Andrews University. The Laurinburg Institute, a historically African-American school, is also located in Laurinburg. The population at the 2010 Census was 15,962 people.

Review Of North Carolina by Sara Grooms

guess what i live in laurinburg and its not that f*****g crappy

Gibsonville, NC

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,845
% Native American: 1.55%
# Of Native American Residents: 106
Percent Change Since 2010: 657.14%
More on Gibsonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gibsonville is a city in both Alamance County and Guilford County, U.S. state of North Carolina. Most of Gibsonville is situated in the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point Combined Statistical Area while the eastern portion is in the Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area, encompassing all of Alamance County. According to 2010 Census, population of Gibsonville was 6,410.

Marion, NC

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Population: 7,752
% Native American: 1.46%
# Of Native American Residents: 113
Percent Change Since 2010: 130.61%
More on Marion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marion is a city in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of McDowell County. Founded in 1844, the city was named in honor of Brigadier General Francis Marion, the American Revolutionary War Hero whose talent in guerrilla warfare earned him the name -Swamp Fox-. Marion’s Main Street Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population was 7,838 at the 2010 Census.

Hamlet, NC

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Population: 6,401
% Native American: 1.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 93
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.08%
More on Hamlet: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Review Of North Carolina by HomeSnacks User

I lived in Hamlet N.C from birth until I turned 24 years old and my entire family still lives there. Hamlet is a wonderful place to live and I always feel safe when I go home to visit. Just like every other town there are bad people and Hamlet does have some.

For the most part people in Hamlet and Rockingham are good people and a tight knit community. Just because the Facebook page doesn’t have a lot of likes means nothing. No one in my family has ever been robbed in Hamlet or Rockingham and I will always feel safe there.

Fletcher, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 7,737
% Native American: 1.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 112
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Fletcher: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fletcher is a town in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,187 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to be 8,079 in 2016.

Clinton, NC

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Population: 8,630
% Native American: 1.36%
# Of Native American Residents: 117
Percent Change Since 2010: 105.26%
More on Clinton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clinton is a city and the county seat of Sampson County, North Carolina, United States. The population of Clinton is 8,639 according to the 2010 US Census. Clinton is named for Richard Clinton, a Brigadier General of the North Carolina militia in the American Revolution.

Oak Ridge, NC

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Population: 6,728
% Native American: 1.35%
# Of Native American Residents: 91
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Oak Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Ridge is a town in northwestern Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,185 at the 2010 census, up from 3,988 at the 2000 census. As of 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 6,671. Oak Ridge is 15 miles northwest of the center of Greensboro, North Carolina’s third-largest city, and it is a part of the Piedmont Triad urban area.

Hope Mills, NC

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Population: 16,106
% Native American: 1.33%
# Of Native American Residents: 214
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.04%
More on Hope Mills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hope Mills is a town in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 15,176 at the 2010 census.

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Population: 14,970
% Native American: 1.28%
# Of Native American Residents: 192
Percent Change Since 2010: 1271.43%
More on Stallings: Real Estate | Data

Stallings is a suburban town in Union and Mecklenburg counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 13,831 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across North Carolina

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

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

  1. Davidson
  2. Cornelius
  3. Siler City

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In North Carolina?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Lumberton 12.6% 21,366
2 Laurinburg 6.91% 15,320
3 Gibsonville 1.55% 6,845
4 Marion 1.46% 7,752
5 Hamlet 1.45% 6,401
6 Fletcher 1.45% 7,737
7 Clinton 1.36% 8,630
8 Oak Ridge 1.35% 6,728
9 Hope Mills 1.33% 16,106
10 Stallings 1.28% 14,970
11 Roxboro 1.27% 8,273
12 Dunn 1.23% 9,657
13 Rockingham 1.04% 9,094
14 Whiteville 1.04% 5,487
15 Hillsborough 0.98% 7,033
16 Bessemer City 0.92% 5,411
17 Woodfin 0.86% 6,394
18 Oxford 0.8% 8,614
19 Mount Airy 0.78% 10,198
20 Eden 0.78% 15,235
21 Mills River 0.78% 7,079
22 Waynesville 0.76% 9,804
23 Fayetteville 0.75% 210,324
24 Lenoir 0.73% 17,890
25 Aberdeen 0.7% 7,265
26 Morganton 0.67% 16,478
27 Kinston 0.62% 21,004
28 Havelock 0.58% 20,404
29 King 0.58% 6,763
30 Spring Lake 0.55% 12,746
31 Tarboro 0.53% 11,038
32 Elon 0.52% 9,939
33 Jacksonville 0.5% 73,661
34 Morrisville 0.49% 23,873
35 Belmont 0.47% 11,373
36 Albemarle 0.47% 15,874
37 Monroe 0.47% 34,368
38 Rocky Mount 0.46% 55,373
39 Roanoke Rapids 0.44% 15,107
40 Wilson 0.42% 49,237
41 Mooresville 0.42% 36,577
42 Clayton 0.41% 19,306
43 Oak Island 0.39% 7,400
44 Lincolnton 0.39% 10,574
45 Boone 0.38% 18,493
46 Henderson 0.38% 15,009
47 Harrisburg 0.36% 14,856
48 Conover 0.36% 8,288
49 Cary 0.36% 159,715
50 Matthews 0.35% 30,760
51 Greensboro 0.35% 284,816
52 Concord 0.35% 87,607
53 Chapel Hill 0.34% 59,234
54 New Bern 0.33% 29,664
55 Wilmington 0.32% 115,261
56 Mint Hill 0.3% 25,600
57 Raleigh 0.3% 449,477
58 Kannapolis 0.3% 46,498
59 Lexington 0.3% 18,916
60 Mebane 0.29% 14,426
61 Cherryville 0.29% 5,854
62 Carrboro 0.29% 21,099
63 Asheville 0.28% 89,318
64 Asheboro 0.27% 25,863
65 Weddington 0.27% 10,388
66 Apex 0.26% 45,899
67 Goldsboro 0.26% 35,432
68 Black Mountain 0.26% 8,110
69 Winston-Salem 0.26% 240,193
70 Greenville 0.25% 90,347
71 Clemmons 0.25% 19,844
72 Pineville 0.24% 8,418
73 Archdale 0.23% 11,509
74 Newton 0.23% 12,991
75 Durham 0.23% 257,232
76 High Point 0.22% 109,849
77 Thomasville 0.22% 26,901
78 Indian Trail 0.22% 37,191
79 Charlotte 0.21% 826,060
80 Huntersville 0.21% 53,302
81 Graham 0.21% 14,540
82 Waxhaw 0.2% 13,343
83 Holly Springs 0.2% 31,827
84 Sawmills 0.19% 5,161
85 Salisbury 0.19% 33,561
86 Garner 0.19% 28,048
87 Gastonia 0.18% 74,381
88 Kill Devil Hills 0.17% 6,978
89 Butner 0.17% 7,709
90 Leland 0.17% 18,023
91 Washington 0.14% 9,721
92 Southern Pines 0.11% 13,426
93 Selma 0.11% 6,375
94 Hickory 0.11% 40,157
95 Morehead City 0.11% 9,200
96 Burlington 0.1% 52,813
97 Forest City 0.1% 7,250
98 Smithfield 0.09% 11,824
99 Williamston 0.09% 5,398
100 Nashville 0.09% 5,473

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