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


We used data and science to determine the cities in North Dakota 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 Dakota 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 Dakota 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 Dakota is 38,662 – at 5.2% of the total population of North Dakota.

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

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

  1. Devils Lake (Photos)
  2. Mandan (Photos)
  3. Bismarck (Photos)
  4. Wahpeton (Photos)
  5. Grand Forks (Photos)
  6. Minot (Photos)
  7. Williston (Photos)
  8. Jamestown (Photos)
  9. Valley City (Photos)
  10. Dickinson (Photos)

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

Devils Lake took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in North Dakota for 2019. 14.04% of Devils Lake identify as Native American.

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

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

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In North Dakota 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 Dakota.

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 6,000 people. That left us with 12 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 14.04% to 1.06%.

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. Devils Lake took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Fargo was the least Native American city.

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

Devils Lake, ND

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7
/10

Population: 7,313
% Native American: 14.04%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,027
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.7%
More on Devils Lake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.

Mandan, ND

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8.5
/10

Population: 21,472
% Native American: 4.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 955
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.91%
More on Mandan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bismarck, ND

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8.5
/10

Population: 70,536
% Native American: 3.74%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,635
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.24%
More on Bismarck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city’s population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

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Currently live in Bismarck. I could only live here or Fargo/West Fargo in this state. I love ND though, and it truly is the best state in the country

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,822
% Native American: 2.93%
# Of Native American Residents: 229
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.02%
More on Wahpeton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s 2015 population was 7,899.

Grand Forks, ND

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 56,236
% Native American: 2.84%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,597
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.22%
More on Grand Forks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or The Grand Cities.

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,171
% Native American: 2.52%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,214
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.7%
More on Minot: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Minot MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as ‘Magic City’, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

Williston, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,072
% Native American: 2.37%
# Of Native American Residents: 595
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.82%
More on Williston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

Jamestown, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,367
% Native American: 1.81%
# Of Native American Residents: 278
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.21%
More on Jamestown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.

Valley City, ND

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,547
% Native American: 1.8%
# Of Native American Residents: 118
Percent Change Since 2010: 461.9%
More on Valley City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.

Dickinson, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,309
% Native American: 1.31%
# Of Native American Residents: 292
Percent Change Since 2010: 105.63%
More on Dickinson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stark County. The population was 17,787 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2015 population is 23,765.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across North Dakota

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Native American populations across North Dakota 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 Dakota:

  1. Fargo
  2. West Fargo
  3. Dickinson

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In North Dakota?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Devils Lake 14.04% 7,313
2 Mandan 4.45% 21,472
3 Bismarck 3.74% 70,536
4 Wahpeton 2.93% 7,822
5 Grand Forks 2.84% 56,236
6 Minot 2.52% 48,171
7 Williston 2.37% 25,072
8 Jamestown 1.81% 15,367
9 Valley City 1.8% 6,547
10 Dickinson 1.31% 22,309
11 West Fargo 1.1% 33,089
12 Fargo 1.06% 118,099

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