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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Oregon 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 Oregon 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 Oregon 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 Oregon is 34,905 – at 0.9% of the total population of Oregon.

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

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

  1. Madras (Photos)
  2. North Bend (Photos)
  3. Lincoln City (Photos)
  4. Fairview (Photos)
  5. Klamath Falls (Photos)
  6. Sheridan (Photos)
  7. Pendleton (Photos)
  8. St. Helens (Photos)
  9. Damascus (Photos)
  10. Lebanon (Photos)

Which city in Oregon had the largest Native American population?

Madras took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Oregon for 2019. 5.78% of Madras identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Oregon reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Oregon 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 Oregon.

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 74 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 5.78% 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. Madras took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Woodburn was the least Native American city.

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

Madras, OR

Source: Wikipedia
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Population: 6,552
% Native American: 5.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 379
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.19%
More on Madras: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madras is a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States. Originally called ‘The Basin’ after the circular valley the city is in, it is unclear whether Madras was named in 1903 for the cotton fabric called ‘Madras’ that originated in the city of Madras in Tamil Nadu, India, or from the name of the city itself. The population was 6,046 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County.

Review Of Oregon by HomeSnacks User

As a native American from warm springs rezervation next to madras I know a lot of people drop out of school who start…probably what brought % down

North Bend, OR

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Population: 9,566
% Native American: 3.88%
# Of Native American Residents: 371
Percent Change Since 2010: 187.6%
More on North Bend: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Bend is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States with a population of 9,695 as of the 2010 census. North Bend is surrounded on three sides by Coos Bay, an S-shaped water inlet and estuary where the Coos River enters Coos Bay and borders the city of Coos Bay to the south. North Bend became an incorporated city in 1903.

Lincoln City, OR

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Population: 8,541
% Native American: 2.92%
# Of Native American Residents: 249
Percent Change Since 2010: 74.13%
More on Lincoln City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincoln City is a city in on the Oregon Coast between Newport and Florence. It is the county seat of Lincoln County. It is named after the county, which was named in honor of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. The population was 8,722 in 2016. During the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, this city was the first in the path of totality to view a partial solar eclipse.

Review Of Oregon by HomeSnacks User

Myself and 12 friends rented a house on the beach from AirBnB and it was the most pleasant experience. We could hear the ocean from our hot tub and there was a full arcade downstairs. We got to hang out as a group, cooking dinners together and having fires on the beach. The combination of ocean and forest is unreal. It isn’t too hot or too cold, most of the year.

You can get delicious clam chowder or fresh oysters at Moe’s Restaurant. There is whale watching that is cheaper than any other city I have ever been to.

Fairview, OR

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Population: 9,261
% Native American: 2.4%
# Of Native American Residents: 222
Percent Change Since 2010: 469.23%
More on Fairview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairview is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,920.

Klamath Falls, OR

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Population: 21,113
% Native American: 2.36%
# Of Native American Residents: 498
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.87%
More on Klamath Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Klamath Falls is a city in and the county seat of Klamath County, Oregon, United States. The city was originally called Linkville when George Nurse founded the town in 1867. It was named after the Link River, on whose falls the city was sited. The name was changed to Klamath Falls in 1893. The population was 20,840 at the 2010 census. The city is on the southeastern shore of the Upper Klamath Lake and about 25 miles north of the California-Oregon border.

Review Of Oregon by HomeSnacks User

Klamath Falls and Altamont can be combined since residents there see themselves as all being from Klamath Falls. That would probably put them in the top 10.

Sheridan, OR

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Population: 6,049
% Native American: 2.28%
# Of Native American Residents: 138
Percent Change Since 2010: -48.89%
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sheridan is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. Platted in the 1860s when it received a post office, the city was incorporated in 1880. A major fire burned much of the city in 1913, and a flood covered much of the city in 1964. The population of the city as of the 2010 Census was 6,127, an increase from 3,570 at the 2000 census. However, the 2000 Census count failed to include those incarcerated at the federal prison in the city, while the newer count did include those inmates.

Review Of Oregon by Austin Francis

I lived in Sheridan for a while… Downtown is f*****g s****y

Pendleton, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 16,709
% Native American: 2.15%
# Of Native American Residents: 359
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.61%
More on Pendleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pendleton is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. Developed along the Umatilla River, Pendleton was named in 1868 by the county commissioners for George H. Pendleton, Democratic candidate for vice-president in the 1864 presidential campaign. The population was 16,612 at the 2010 census, which includes approximately 1,600 inmates incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. The city is the county seat of Umatilla County.

St. Helens, OR

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Population: 13,254
% Native American: 1.8%
# Of Native American Residents: 239
Percent Change Since 2010: -18.15%
More on St. Helens: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Helens is the county seat of Columbia County, Oregon. It was founded by Captain H. M. Knighton, a native of New England, in 1845 as ‘Plymouth’. The name was changed to St. Helens in the latter part of 1850 for its view of Mount St. Helens, roughly 39 miles away in Washington. The city is approximately 28 miles northwest of Portland. Its population was 12,883 at the 2010 census.

Damascus, OR

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6
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Population: 10,909
% Native American: 1.77%
# Of Native American Residents: 193
Percent Change Since 2010: 271.15%
More on Damascus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Damascus is an unincorporated community and former city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Established in 1867, it was first incorporated in 2004 and was disincorporated July 18, 2016 upon voters’ decision on May 17, 2016. Damascus is located east of Happy Valley and Interstate 205 and west of Boring. The area that later became the city had a population of 9,022 in 2000. The population was 10,539 residents as of the 2010 census.

Lebanon, OR

Source: Public domain
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6
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Population: 16,336
% Native American: 1.58%
# Of Native American Residents: 258
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.84%
More on Lebanon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Oregon

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

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

  1. Woodburn
  2. Hood River
  3. Eagle Point

For more Oregon reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Oregon?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Madras 5.78% 6,552
2 North Bend 3.88% 9,566
3 Lincoln City 2.92% 8,541
4 Fairview 2.4% 9,261
5 Klamath Falls 2.36% 21,113
6 Sheridan 2.28% 6,049
7 Pendleton 2.15% 16,709
8 St. Helens 1.8% 13,254
9 Damascus 1.77% 10,909
10 Lebanon 1.58% 16,336
11 Brookings 1.48% 6,366
12 Springfield 1.3% 60,823
13 Central Point 1.27% 17,760
14 Oregon City 1.22% 35,483
15 Wilsonville 1.21% 22,789
16 The Dalles 1.2% 15,224
17 Coos Bay 1.14% 16,070
18 Prineville 1.11% 9,515
19 Florence 1.08% 8,678
20 Baker City 1.07% 9,741
21 Grants Pass 1.03% 36,687
22 La Grande 0.97% 12,999
23 Newport 0.87% 10,274
24 Roseburg 0.85% 22,013
25 Medford 0.82% 79,246
26 Umatilla 0.78% 7,069
27 Hermiston 0.72% 17,241
28 Gresham 0.7% 110,336
29 Salem 0.7% 163,654
30 Eugene 0.69% 163,135
31 Newberg 0.67% 22,898
32 Molalla 0.65% 8,987
33 Albany 0.63% 52,007
34 Scappoose 0.63% 6,975
35 Dallas 0.62% 15,413
36 Milton-Freewater 0.61% 7,051
37 Sutherlin 0.61% 7,887
38 Astoria 0.58% 9,632
39 Monmouth 0.56% 9,983
40 Portland 0.56% 630,331
41 Happy Valley 0.55% 18,477
42 Gladstone 0.53% 11,936
43 Silverton 0.51% 9,757
44 Milwaukie 0.5% 20,627
45 Troutdale 0.48% 16,557
46 Stayton 0.47% 7,927
47 Keizer 0.44% 37,910
48 Ontario 0.43% 10,972
49 Cornelius 0.4% 12,423
50 Ashland 0.39% 20,733
51 Corvallis 0.39% 56,224
52 Beaverton 0.39% 95,710
53 Tualatin 0.38% 27,135
54 Junction City 0.36% 5,819
55 Cottage Grove 0.35% 9,930
56 Sherwood 0.35% 19,107
57 West Linn 0.35% 26,307
58 Tigard 0.34% 51,355
59 Sandy 0.33% 10,581
60 Winston 0.32% 5,365
61 Bend 0.28% 87,167
62 Redmond 0.28% 28,492
63 Mcminnville 0.21% 33,211
64 Independence 0.17% 9,246
65 Sweet Home 0.17% 9,289
66 Forest Grove 0.17% 23,554
67 Talent 0.16% 6,349
68 Canby 0.14% 17,337
69 Lake Oswego 0.14% 38,212
70 Hillsboro 0.13% 102,396
71 Seaside 0.0% 6,542
72 Eagle Point 0.0% 8,858
73 Hood River 0.0% 7,526
74 Woodburn 0.0% 25,067

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