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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee is 15,064 – at 0.2% of the total population of Tennessee.

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

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

  1. Atoka (Photos)
  2. Pigeon Forge (Photos)
  3. Goodlettsville
  4. Milan (Photos)
  5. Ripley (Photos)
  6. Spring Hill (Photos)
  7. Harriman (Photos)
  8. Springfield (Photos)
  9. Crossville (Photos)
  10. Sevierville (Photos)

Which city in Tennessee had the largest Native American population?

Atoka took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Tennessee for 2019. 2.43% of Atoka identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 94 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 2.43% 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. Atoka took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Lakeland was the least Native American city.

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

Atoka, TN

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8.5
/10

Population: 8,994
% Native American: 2.43%
# Of Native American Residents: 219
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Atoka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Atoka is a town in Tipton County, Tennessee, United States. Historians and genealogists can trace Atoka’s origins back to the 1838 charter of Portersville. Atoka adopted Portersville’s charter as its own. World War I Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Joseph B. Adkison lived in Atoka, and he is buried nearby.

Pigeon Forge, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,147
% Native American: 1.82%
# Of Native American Residents: 112
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Pigeon Forge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 5,875.

Review Of Tennessee by HomeSnacks User

Crime isnt bad

There is a lot to do in town

Scenery is nice

The island-good

Dollywood is nice too

Restraunts are decent

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,935
% Native American: 1.33%
# Of Native American Residents: 226
Percent Change Since 2010: 841.67%
More on Goodlettsville: Real Estate | Data

Goodlettsville is a city in Davidson and Sumner counties, Tennessee. Goodlettsville was incorporated as a city in 1958 with a population of just over 3,000 residents; at the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 15,921 and in 2015 the population was 16,994. Goodlettsville chose to remain autonomous in 1963 when the city of Nashville merged with the government of Davidson County.

Milan, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,715
% Native American: 1.19%
# Of Native American Residents: 92
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.62%
More on Milan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milan is the second largest city after Humboldt in Gibson County, Tennessee, and the largest entirely within the county. It is home to the Milan Army Ammunition Plant, the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum and several historical sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city was the first in Tennessee to begin no-till farming and to flouridate its drinking water. The Milan Endowment for Growth in Academics was the first private community financial endowment for public schools in Tennessee.

Ripley, TN

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2
/10

Population: 8,148
% Native American: 0.9%
# Of Native American Residents: 73
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Ripley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Spring Hill, TN

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6
/10

Population: 35,995
% Native American: 0.86%
# Of Native American Residents: 309
Percent Change Since 2010: 1003.57%
More on Spring Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Spring Hill is a city in Maury and Williamson counties, Tennessee, located approximately 30 miles south of Nashville. Spring Hill’s population as of 2014 was 34,269.

Harriman, TN

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 6,153
% Native American: 0.85%
# Of Native American Residents: 52
Percent Change Since 2010: 126.09%
More on Harriman: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Harriman is a city located primarily in Roane County, Tennessee, with a small extension into Morgan County. The population of Harriman was 6,350 at the 2010 census.

Springfield, TN

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6
/10

Population: 16,692
% Native American: 0.77%
# Of Native American Residents: 129
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Springfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crossville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,284
% Native American: 0.74%
# Of Native American Residents: 84
Percent Change Since 2010: 546.15%
More on Crossville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crossville is a city in and the county seat of Cumberland County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Crossville, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 10,795 at the 2010 census.

Review Of Tennessee by HomeSnacks User

The only reason Crossville is growing at all is because of all the old people flocking here for the golf courses to escape the high prices of Florida. Besides that and the fact that they bring the high prices with them, the city itself is broke, trashy, and depressing. It’s kind of hard to get ahead when you pay 700 a month for a 1 bedroom gutter shack and nobody out here pays a realistic wage. I would move back to Murfreesboro or east Nashville, but I don’t draw a good retirement pension, I don’t sell M**h to the trashy locals, and I simply can’t make enough to live let alone leave.

The abnormally high prices for a podunk TN town stands out the most as for the m**h heads. Random people will walk up out of the blue and ask for rides. You’ll also notice an abundance of old people who shouldn’t be allowed to drive but do anyways. It’s a giant nursing home/landfill.

Sevierville, TN

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4
/10

Population: 16,387
% Native American: 0.68%
# Of Native American Residents: 111
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.0%
More on Sevierville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sevierville is a city in and the county seat of Sevier County, Tennessee, located in Eastern Tennessee. The population was 14,807 at the 2010 United States Census and 16,355 according to the 2014 census estimate.

Review Of Tennessee by L K

I lived in Sevierville, Tennessee for 5 years and had no problems with crime. My husband left the keys in the front door several times and no one attempted to break in!

AND we lived in a trailer park!

And as far as South Carolina, I grew up there, in Greenville. Unfortunately, that has gone downhill A LOT as far as crime. It’s sad to see my home state the way it is today. Spartanburg is now called Murderburg and Anderson is just as bad.

South Carolina does have very beautiful towns, though. The one good thing I can say about Greenville is that the jobs are plentiful and they pay well. More businesses are moving in all the time, too.

So if someone is looking for a job, they will find one.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Tennessee

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

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

  1. Lakeland
  2. Mckenzie
  3. Loudon

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Tennessee?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Atoka 2.43% 8,994
2 Pigeon Forge 1.82% 6,147
3 Goodlettsville 1.33% 16,935
4 Milan 1.19% 7,715
5 Ripley 0.9% 8,148
6 Spring Hill 0.86% 35,995
7 Harriman 0.85% 6,153
8 Springfield 0.77% 16,692
9 Crossville 0.74% 11,284
10 Sevierville 0.68% 16,387
11 Lawrenceburg 0.61% 10,614
12 Clarksville 0.56% 147,771
13 Fairview 0.56% 8,442
14 Dyersburg 0.5% 16,666
15 White House 0.5% 11,107
16 Paris 0.48% 10,059
17 Newport 0.47% 6,780
18 Lebanon 0.45% 30,212
19 Winchester 0.44% 8,467
20 Soddy-Daisy 0.41% 13,364
21 Athens 0.4% 13,559
22 Johnson City 0.38% 65,598
23 Greeneville 0.36% 14,895
24 Knoxville 0.33% 184,465
25 Mcminnville 0.32% 13,591
26 Manchester 0.31% 10,430
27 Nashville 0.26% 654,187
28 Red Bank 0.25% 11,744
29 Gallatin 0.24% 34,495
30 Maryville 0.24% 28,208
31 Collierville 0.23% 48,960
32 Millersville 0.22% 6,760
33 Hendersonville 0.22% 55,635
34 Oak Ridge 0.19% 29,009
35 Martin 0.19% 10,797
36 Murfreesboro 0.18% 126,188
37 Cookeville 0.18% 32,536
38 Mount Juliet 0.17% 31,397
39 Kingsport 0.17% 52,698
40 Smyrna 0.17% 46,885
41 Dickson 0.16% 15,128
42 Morristown 0.15% 29,446
43 Tullahoma 0.15% 19,037
44 Chattanooga 0.14% 176,291
45 Hartsville/trousdale County 0.14% 8,773
46 Columbia 0.13% 36,635
47 Union City 0.13% 10,479
48 Henderson 0.13% 6,237
49 Memphis 0.12% 654,723
50 Elizabethton 0.11% 13,796
51 Cleveland 0.1% 43,496
52 Nolensville 0.1% 7,119
53 Millington 0.09% 11,073
54 Bristol 0.06% 26,668
55 Germantown 0.06% 39,230
56 Church Hill 0.06% 6,686
57 Portland 0.06% 12,258
58 Jackson 0.06% 66,977
59 Brentwood 0.05% 41,524
60 Bartlett 0.05% 58,640
61 Shelbyville 0.04% 21,028
62 Farragut 0.03% 21,975
63 La Vergne 0.02% 34,905
64 East Ridge 0.01% 21,193
65 Franklin 0.01% 72,990
66 Pulaski 0.0% 7,653
67 Rockwood 0.0% 5,415
68 Signal Mountain 0.0% 8,507
69 Oakland 0.0% 7,508
70 Sweetwater 0.0% 5,842
71 Savannah 0.0% 6,977
72 Alcoa 0.0% 9,343
73 Munford 0.0% 6,009
74 Mount Carmel 0.0% 5,386
75 Bolivar 0.0% 5,037
76 Brownsville 0.0% 9,829
77 Clinton 0.0% 9,961
78 Collegedale 0.0% 10,902
79 Covington 0.0% 8,921
80 Dayton 0.0% 7,341
81 Erwin 0.0% 5,921
82 Fayetteville 0.0% 6,976
83 Greenbrier 0.0% 6,720
84 Humboldt 0.0% 8,155
85 Jefferson City 0.0% 8,220
86 Kingston 0.0% 5,812
87 La Follette 0.0% 6,983
88 Arlington 0.0% 11,678
89 Lenoir City 0.0% 9,007
90 Lewisburg 0.0% 11,457
91 Lexington 0.0% 7,731
92 Loudon 0.0% 5,697
93 Mckenzie 0.0% 5,455
94 Lakeland 0.0% 12,623

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