10 Cities In Rhode Island With The Largest Native American Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island is 3,904 – at 0.4% of the total population of Rhode Island.

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

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

  1. Wakefield-Peacedale (Photos)
  2. Providence (Photos)
  3. Newport (Photos)
  4. Newport East (Photos)
  5. Narragansett Pier (Photos)
  6. Woonsocket (Photos)
  7. Central Falls (Photos)
  8. Pawtucket (Photos)
  9. Cumberland Hill (Photos)
  10. Westerly (Photos)

Which city in Rhode Island had the largest Native American population?

Wakefield-Peacedale took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Rhode Island for 2019. 3.78% of Wakefield-Peacedale identify as Native American.

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

To see where Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island or the most diverse places in Rhode Island.

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 3,000 people. That left us with 18 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 3.78% 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. Wakefield-Peacedale took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Pascoag was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Rhode Island 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.

Wakefield-Peacedale, RI

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Population: 9,044
% Native American: 3.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 342
Percent Change Since 2010: 62.09%
More on Wakefield-Peacedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Providence, RI

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5
/10

Population: 179,509
% Native American: 1.0%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,797
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.75%
More on Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island in the early 1900s it was the most visited place, founded in 1636 and one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of ‘God’s merciful Providence’ which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Newport, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,745
% Native American: 0.83%
# Of Native American Residents: 205
Percent Change Since 2010: 1038.89%
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles southeast of Providence, 21 miles south of Fall River, and 74 miles south of Boston. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions. It is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. It was a major 18th-century port city and also contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States.

Review Of Rhode Island by HomeSnacks User

Newport is one of my favorite places to vacation. Right on the water, its location is a wonderful combination of shops, restaurants, with the marina right there is a picturesque sight.

The people of Newport and nearby towns are very friendly and down to earth. Their relaxed attitude about life and slower pace is a nice change from the hustle and bustle of big city living.

Newport East, RI

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7.5
/10

Population: 11,211
% Native American: 0.56%
# Of Native American Residents: 63
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Newport East: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Narragansett Pier, RI

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6
/10

Population: 3,977
% Native American: 0.5%
# Of Native American Residents: 20
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Narragansett Pier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,508
% Native American: 0.45%
# Of Native American Residents: 187
Percent Change Since 2010: 152.7%
More on Woonsocket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 41,186 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area.

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,395
% Native American: 0.24%
# Of Native American Residents: 46
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.39%
More on Central Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central Falls is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 19,376 at the 2010 census. With an area of only 1.29 square miles, it is the smallest and most densely populated city in the smallest state, and the 27th most densely populated incorporated place in the United States. It is also one of only four incorporated places in New England that have a higher population density than the city of Boston. The city takes its name from a waterfall on the Blackstone River.

Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,770
% Native American: 0.23%
# Of Native American Residents: 168
Percent Change Since 2010: 257.45%
More on Pawtucket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.

Cumberland Hill, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,062
% Native American: 0.12%
# Of Native American Residents: 10
Percent Change Since 2010: -89.13%
More on Cumberland Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westerly, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,323
% Native American: 0.11%
# Of Native American Residents: 19
Percent Change Since 2010: -91.08%
More on Westerly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States founded in 1669 by John Babcock. It is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state. The population was 22,787 at the 2010 census.

Review Of Rhode Island by HomeSnacks User

I am proud to be from Westerly, which I consider a metropolitan town.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Rhode Island

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

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

  1. Pascoag
  2. Tiverton
  3. Greenville

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Rhode Island?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Wakefield-Peacedale 3.78% 9,044
2 Providence 1.0% 179,509
3 Newport 0.83% 24,745
4 Newport East 0.56% 11,211
5 Narragansett Pier 0.5% 3,977
6 Woonsocket 0.45% 41,508
7 Central Falls 0.24% 19,395
8 Pawtucket 0.23% 71,770
9 Cumberland Hill 0.12% 8,062
10 Westerly 0.11% 17,323
11 East Providence 0.09% 47,425
12 Cranston 0.07% 80,979
13 Valley Falls 0.06% 12,056
14 Warwick 0.03% 81,218
15 Kingston 0.0% 6,983
16 Greenville 0.0% 8,388
17 Tiverton 0.0% 7,727
18 Pascoag 0.0% 5,041

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