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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia is 17,533 – at 0.2% of the total population of Virginia.

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

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

  1. Bluefield
  2. Waynesboro (Photos)
  3. Smithfield (Photos)
  4. Ashland (Photos)
  5. Colonial Heights (Photos)
  6. Christiansburg (Photos)
  7. Manassas (Photos)
  8. Portsmouth (Photos)
  9. Hampton (Photos)
  10. Farmville (Photos)

Which city in Virginia had the largest Native American population?

Bluefield took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Virginia for 2019. 0.85% of Bluefield identify as Native American.

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

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

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How We Determined The Cities In Virginia 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 Virginia.

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 60 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 0.85% 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. Bluefield took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Lexington was the least Native American city.

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

Bluefield, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,058
% Native American: 0.85%
# Of Native American Residents: 43
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Bluefield: Real Estate | Data

Bluefield is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, United States, located along the Bluestone River. The population was 5,444 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,342. The micropolitan area is the 350th largest statistical population area in the United States.

Waynesboro, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,620
% Native American: 0.75%
# Of Native American Residents: 163
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.93%
More on Waynesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waynesboro, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,006.

Smithfield, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,262
% Native American: 0.67%
# Of Native American Residents: 55
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Smithfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ashland, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,554
% Native American: 0.5%
# Of Native American Residents: 38
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Ashland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ashland is a town located 15 miles north of Richmond along Interstate-95 and historic Route 1 in Hanover County, Virginia, United States. Ashland is named after the Lexington, Kentucky estate of Hanover County native and statesman Henry Clay. It is the only incorporated town in Hanover County chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although comprising only one square mile when originally incorporated in 1858, today Ashland has grown through several annexations to a size of 7.12 square miles, one of Virginia’s larger towns in terms of land area.

Colonial Heights, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,582
% Native American: 0.49%
# Of Native American Residents: 87
Percent Change Since 2010: 163.64%
More on Colonial Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Colonial Heights is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,411. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Colonial Heights with Dinwiddie County for statistical purposes.

Christiansburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,892
% Native American: 0.46%
# Of Native American Residents: 101
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Christiansburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Christiansburg is a town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States. The population was 21,041 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Montgomery County. Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Radford are the three principal municipalities of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses those municipalities and all of Montgomery County.

Manassas, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 41,379
% Native American: 0.44%
# Of Native American Residents: 181
Percent Change Since 2010: 654.17%
More on Manassas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manassas is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 37,821. The city borders Prince William County, the independent city of Manassas Park, and Fairfax County. The Bureau of Economic Analysis includes both Manassas and Manassas Park with Prince William County for statistical purposes.

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Virginia is a very expensive place to live specially in Northern Virginia. I’m from Manassas and I like Virginia there’s a lot of history here and a lot of nature to explore.

Portsmouth, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 95,536
% Native American: 0.39%
# Of Native American Residents: 368
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.39%
More on Portsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Portsmouth is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 95,535. It is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.

Review Of Virginia by HomeSnacks User

I don’t believe all I read and hear. We have lived in Portsmouth 75 years and love living here.

Hampton, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 136,255
% Native American: 0.38%
# Of Native American Residents: 514
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.89%
More on Hampton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hampton is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America. As of the 2010 census, the population was 137,436.

Farmville, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,452
% Native American: 0.37%
# Of Native American Residents: 31
Percent Change Since 2010: 416.67%
More on Farmville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmville is a town in Prince Edward and Cumberland counties in the U.S. state of Virginia. The population was 8,216 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Prince Edward County.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Virginia

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

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

  1. Lexington
  2. Falls Church
  3. Marion

For more Virginia reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Virginia?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Bluefield 0.85% 5,058
2 Waynesboro 0.75% 21,620
3 Smithfield 0.67% 8,262
4 Ashland 0.5% 7,554
5 Colonial Heights 0.49% 17,582
6 Christiansburg 0.46% 21,892
7 Manassas 0.44% 41,379
8 Portsmouth 0.39% 95,536
9 Hampton 0.38% 136,255
10 Farmville 0.37% 8,452
11 Front Royal 0.36% 15,027
12 Blacksburg 0.34% 44,079
13 Norfolk 0.33% 245,752
14 Warrenton 0.3% 9,854
15 Herndon 0.29% 24,545
16 Martinsville 0.27% 13,256
17 Charlottesville 0.27% 46,487
18 Petersburg 0.27% 32,037
19 Winchester 0.24% 27,516
20 Williamsburg 0.23% 14,817
21 Lynchburg 0.22% 79,237
22 Newport News 0.22% 180,775
23 Staunton 0.21% 24,273
24 Roanoke 0.19% 99,572
25 Virginia Beach 0.19% 450,057
26 Chesapeake 0.18% 235,410
27 South Boston 0.16% 7,887
28 Purcellville 0.16% 9,217
29 Richmond 0.16% 220,892
30 Leesburg 0.16% 51,015
31 Bridgewater 0.15% 5,930
32 Abingdon 0.15% 8,044
33 Suffolk 0.13% 88,057
34 Hopewell 0.11% 22,353
35 Manassas Park 0.11% 16,117
36 Harrisonburg 0.1% 53,064
37 Danville 0.1% 41,911
38 Poquoson 0.07% 12,022
39 Emporia 0.07% 5,495
40 Alexandria 0.06% 154,710
41 Fairfax 0.06% 23,580
42 Galax 0.06% 6,788
43 Wytheville 0.05% 8,041
44 Salem 0.04% 25,521
45 Fredericksburg 0.04% 28,135
46 Radford 0.03% 17,380
47 Vinton 0.0% 8,069
48 Big Stone Gap 0.0% 5,395
49 Bristol 0.0% 17,077
50 Buena Vista 0.0% 6,495
51 Covington 0.0% 5,675
52 Culpeper 0.0% 17,882
53 Richlands 0.0% 5,513
54 Vienna 0.0% 16,474
55 Franklin 0.0% 8,334
56 Strasburg 0.0% 6,570
57 Pulaski 0.0% 8,860
58 Marion 0.0% 5,814
59 Falls Church 0.0% 13,843
60 Lexington 0.0% 7,113

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