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


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma is 276,650 – at 7.1% of the total population of Oklahoma.

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

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

  1. Anadarko (Photos)
  2. Tahlequah (Photos)
  3. Sallisaw (Photos)
  4. Seminole (Photos)
  5. Holdenville (Photos)
  6. Tecumseh (Photos)
  7. Vinita (Photos)
  8. Okmulgee (Photos)
  9. Muskogee (Photos)
  10. Claremore (Photos)

Which city in Oklahoma had the largest Native American population?

Anadarko took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Oklahoma for 2019. 42.28% of Anadarko identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma.

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 73 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 42.28% to 0.08%.

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. Anadarko took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Guymon was the least Native American city.

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

Anadarko, OK

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Population: 6,710
% Native American: 42.28%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,837
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.35%
More on Anadarko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Anadarko is a city in Caddo County, Oklahoma, United States. This city is fifty miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The population was 6,762 at the 2010 census, a 1.8 percent gain from 6,645 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Caddo County.

Tahlequah, OK

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 16,481
% Native American: 28.91%
# Of Native American Residents: 4,764
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.44%
More on Tahlequah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tahlequah is a city in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It is part of the Green Country region of Oklahoma and was established as a capital of the 19th-century Cherokee Nation in 1839, as part of the new settlement in Indian Territory after the Cherokee Native Americans were forced west from the American Southeast on the Trail of Tears.

Sallisaw, OK

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,574
% Native American: 22.3%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,912
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.81%
More on Sallisaw: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sallisaw is a city and county seat of Sequoyah County. The population was 8,880 at the 2010 Census, an 11.2 percent increase from 7,891 at the 2000 census. Sallisaw is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Review Of Oklahoma by HomeSnacks User

I have lived in Sallisaw sense 1997. This town’s crime rate is not the best and housing is too high if your trying too buy a home. I will be the first too tell you that everybody is up in everyone else’s business and everybody is sleeping with everybody else’s wife. The good thing,s about Sallisaw is the Farmers market and Cruse night, diamond days and the ppl are both friendly and jerk’s. The casino is good for fun and there are places you can work such as slpt, avagen and celphom plus fast food restaurant,s. The view is beautiful and lake Tenkiller is not too far away neither is ft Smith Ark and there are lots off places too work. Every place has its own attitude and too know it you must first become part off it so good luck and may G*d Bless you on your journey where ever you decide too go.

Seminole, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,384
% Native American: 20.14%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,487
Percent Change Since 2010: 141.0%
More on Seminole: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Seminole is a city in Seminole County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,899 at the 2000 census. Seminole experienced a large population growth in the 1920s due to an oil boom.

Review Of Oklahoma by Rhexzo RG

No way, i live in Seminole and actually pretty cool here

Holdenville, OK

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 5,653
% Native American: 20.11%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,137
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.72%
More on Holdenville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holdenville is a city in and county seat of Hughes County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 5,771 at the 2010 census, an increase of 22 percent from 4,732 at the 2000 census.

Tecumseh, OK

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,571
% Native American: 19.88%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,306
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.43%
More on Tecumseh: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tecumseh is a city in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,457 at the 2010 census, a 5.9 percent increase from 6,098 at the 2000 census. It was named for the noted Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, and was designated as the county seat at Oklahoma’s statehood. A county-wide election moved the seat to Shawnee in 1930.

Review Of Oklahoma by GabeDoesStuff5432123

I’m from Tecumseh and live in Edmond. Both are really nice cities.

Vinita, OK

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 5,512
% Native American: 19.68%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,085
Percent Change Since 2010: 62.43%
More on Vinita: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vinita is a city in south-central Craig County, in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. It is the county seat of Craig County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,743, a decrease of 11.22 percent from 6,469 at the 2000 census.

Okmulgee, OK

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 12,123
% Native American: 18.07%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,191
Percent Change Since 2010: 85.52%
More on Okmulgee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population at the 2010 census was 12,321, a loss of 5.4 percent since the 2000 census figure of 13,022. It has been the capital of the Muscogee Nation since the United States Civil War. The name is from the Creek word oki mulgee which means ‘boiling waters’ in English. Other translations put it as ‘babbling brook’ or ‘Effluvium’. The site was chosen because of the nearby rivers and springs. Okmulgee is 38 miles south of Tulsa and 13 miles north of Henryetta via US-75.

Muskogee, OK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 38,139
% Native American: 16.36%
# Of Native American Residents: 6,240
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.41%
More on Muskogee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Muskogee is a city in and the county seat of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. Home to Bacone College, it lies approximately 48 miles southeast of Tulsa. The population of the city was 39,223 as of the 2010 census, a 2.4 percent increase from 38,310 at the 2000 census, making it the eleventh-largest city in Oklahoma.

Review Of Oklahoma by Missouriman37

I was born in Muskogee. I recently moved back. It lasted 6 months and then I moved back to Missouri.

Claremore, OK

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 18,777
% Native American: 14.93%
# Of Native American Residents: 2,804
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.46%
More on Claremore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Claremore is a city and the county seat of Rogers County in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. The population was 18,581 at the 2010 census, a 17.1 percent increase from 15,873 at the 2000 census. Located in the Ozark Mountains foothills, the city is part of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area and home to Rogers State University. It is best known as the birthplace and home of early 20th-century entertainer Will Rogers.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Oklahoma

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

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

  1. Guymon
  2. Warr Acres
  3. Woodward

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Oklahoma?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Anadarko 42.28% 6,710
2 Tahlequah 28.91% 16,481
3 Sallisaw 22.3% 8,574
4 Seminole 20.14% 7,384
5 Holdenville 20.11% 5,653
6 Tecumseh 19.88% 6,571
7 Vinita 19.68% 5,512
8 Okmulgee 18.07% 12,123
9 Muskogee 16.36% 38,139
10 Claremore 14.93% 18,777
11 Durant 14.41% 17,198
12 Shawnee 13.91% 30,974
13 Pryor Creek 13.19% 9,387
14 Miami 12.2% 13,428
15 Wagoner 11.96% 8,688
16 Sapulpa 11.67% 20,477
17 Henryetta 11.53% 5,726
18 Skiatook 11.36% 8,026
19 Idabel 11.36% 6,954
20 Collinsville 10.42% 6,536
21 Catoosa 10.27% 7,524
22 Grove 10.22% 6,791
23 Hugo 10.2% 5,215
24 Tuttle 9.38% 6,773
25 El Reno 9.18% 18,378
26 Poteau 8.21% 8,729
27 Ada 8.16% 17,262
28 Coweta 7.93% 9,549
29 Ponca City 7.84% 24,579
30 Bartlesville 7.72% 36,398
31 Glenpool 7.67% 12,929
32 Sand Springs 6.89% 19,727
33 Blanchard 6.78% 8,403
34 Ardmore 6.46% 24,927
35 Owasso 6.21% 34,634
36 Purcell 6.05% 6,352
37 Cushing 5.75% 7,793
38 Mcalester 5.58% 18,198
39 Stillwater 4.82% 48,685
40 Jenks 4.81% 20,836
41 Harrah 4.75% 5,934
42 Pauls Valley 4.74% 6,116
43 Guthrie 4.57% 10,984
44 Lawton 4.24% 95,168
45 Choctaw 4.02% 12,228
46 Bixby 3.93% 24,939
47 Tulsa 3.88% 401,352
48 Bethany 3.87% 19,508
49 Duncan 3.84% 22,998
50 Midwest City 3.71% 57,167
51 Newcastle 3.69% 9,327
52 Broken Arrow 3.68% 106,264
53 Moore 3.41% 59,992
54 Norman 3.29% 119,820
55 Piedmont 3.25% 7,079
56 Mustang 3.24% 20,125
57 Blackwell 2.94% 6,845
58 Noble 2.88% 6,668
59 Chickasha 2.61% 16,256
60 The Village 2.6% 9,329
61 Oklahoma City 2.43% 629,191
62 Clinton 2.3% 9,344
63 Yukon 2.18% 25,729
64 Edmond 2.07% 89,769
65 Del City 2.07% 21,888
66 Enid 1.84% 50,809
67 Perry 1.82% 5,006
68 Weatherford 1.59% 11,894
69 Elk City 1.49% 12,236
70 Altus 1.46% 19,181
71 Woodward 1.32% 12,687
72 Warr Acres 0.93% 10,385
73 Guymon 0.08% 11,859

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