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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington is 79,825 – at 1.1% of the total population of Washington.

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

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

  1. Hoquiam (Photos)
  2. Ocean Shores (Photos)
  3. Airway Heights
  4. Ferndale (Photos)
  5. Toppenish (Photos)
  6. Aberdeen (Photos)
  7. Edgewood (Photos)
  8. Union Gap (Photos)
  9. Kelso (Photos)
  10. Oak Harbor (Photos)

Which city in Washington had the largest Native American population?

Hoquiam took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Washington for 2019. 4.9% of Hoquiam identify as Native American.

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

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

For more Washington reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Washington 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 Washington.

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 115 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 4.9% 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. Hoquiam took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Newcastle was the least Native American city.

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

Hoquiam, WA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,416
% Native American: 4.9%
# Of Native American Residents: 412
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.29%
More on Hoquiam: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hoquiam is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The town borders the city of Aberdeen at Myrtle Street, with Hoquiam to the west. The two cities share a common economic history in lumbering and exporting, but Hoquiam has maintained its independent identity. Aberdeen is more populated, but the two cities have a long rivalry, especially in high school sports.

Ocean Shores, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,714
% Native American: 4.01%
# Of Native American Residents: 229
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Ocean Shores: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean Shores is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 5,569 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,017
% Native American: 3.67%
# Of Native American Residents: 294
Percent Change Since 2010: 81.48%
More on Airway Heights: Real Estate | Data

Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The population was 6,114 at the 2010 census. The city’s name was taken from its close proximity to the runways at Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport.

Ferndale, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,171
% Native American: 3.64%
# Of Native American Residents: 479
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.82%
More on Ferndale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ferndale is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. The population was 11,415 at the 2010 census. It is the third largest city in Whatcom County and borders the Lummi Nation on its southern border.

Toppenish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 8,923
% Native American: 3.61%
# Of Native American Residents: 322
Percent Change Since 2010: -38.67%
More on Toppenish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Toppenish is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,949. It is located within the Yakama Indian Reservation, established in 1855.

Aberdeen, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,281
% Native American: 3.49%
# Of Native American Residents: 569
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.87%
More on Aberdeen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Aberdeen is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The population was 16,896 at the 2010 census. The city is the economic center of Grays Harbor County, bordering the cities of Hoquiam and Cosmopolis. Aberdeen is called the ‘Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula’.

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I’m from Aberdeen, I’m hoping for #1 next year, go crack heads!

Edgewood, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,165
% Native American: 2.79%
# Of Native American Residents: 284
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.36%
More on Edgewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edgewood is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,387 at the 2010 census. Neighboring towns include Milton to the northwest, Federal Way to the north, and Puyallup to the south.

Union Gap, WA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,152
% Native American: 2.65%
# Of Native American Residents: 163
Percent Change Since 2010: -69.19%
More on Union Gap: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Union Gap is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,047. Union Gap has a storied history and in recent years has become the retail hub for the entire Yakima Valley as a result of Valley Mall and other thriving businesses being located here. Part of the city is part of the Yakama Nation.

Kelso, WA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,864
% Native American: 2.32%
# Of Native American Residents: 275
Percent Change Since 2010: 93.66%
More on Kelso: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kelso is a city in southwest Washington State, United States, and is the county seat of Cowlitz County. At the 2010 census, the population was 11,925. Kelso is part of the Longview, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of 102,410. Kelso shares its long western border with Longview. It is near Mount St. Helens.

Oak Harbor, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,527
% Native American: 2.27%
# Of Native American Residents: 511
Percent Change Since 2010: 202.37%
More on Oak Harbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Harbor is a city located on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. The population was 22,075 at the 2010 census. Oak Harbor was incorporated on May 14, 1915.

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Washington

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

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

  1. Newcastle
  2. North Bend
  3. Normandy Park

For more Washington reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Washington?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Hoquiam 4.9% 8,416
2 Ocean Shores 4.01% 5,714
3 Airway Heights 3.67% 8,017
4 Ferndale 3.64% 13,171
5 Toppenish 3.61% 8,923
6 Aberdeen 3.49% 16,281
7 Edgewood 2.79% 10,165
8 Union Gap 2.65% 6,152
9 Kelso 2.32% 11,864
10 Oak Harbor 2.27% 22,527
11 Yelm 2.16% 8,425
12 Prosser 2.13% 5,967
13 Auburn 2.06% 77,440
14 Port Angeles 1.85% 19,419
15 Lakewood 1.75% 59,102
16 Arlington 1.69% 18,884
17 Stanwood 1.57% 6,825
18 Lacey 1.53% 46,655
19 Spokane 1.52% 212,982
20 Mount Vernon 1.51% 33,787
21 Bellingham 1.43% 85,388
22 Orting 1.42% 7,460
23 Gig Harbor 1.41% 8,651
24 Wenatchee 1.32% 33,544
25 Sumner 1.2% 9,789
26 Yakima 1.18% 93,182
27 Fife 1.15% 9,805
28 Cheney 1.14% 11,735
29 Tacoma 1.12% 207,280
30 Moses Lake 1.01% 22,038
31 Sedro-Woolley 1.0% 11,360
32 Shoreline 1.0% 55,431
33 Snohomish 0.99% 9,713
34 Sequim 0.98% 6,819
35 Spokane Valley 0.97% 94,424
36 Longview 0.9% 36,740
37 West Richland 0.88% 13,797
38 Puyallup 0.84% 39,637
39 Ephrata 0.8% 7,956
40 Pacific 0.8% 7,113
41 Olympia 0.79% 49,928
42 Enumclaw 0.78% 11,670
43 Camas 0.77% 22,086
44 Anacortes 0.75% 16,425
45 Fircrest 0.74% 6,666
46 Port Orchard 0.73% 13,476
47 Kent 0.72% 126,561
48 Everett 0.71% 107,560
49 Clarkston 0.71% 7,344
50 Seatac 0.7% 28,597
51 Burien 0.69% 50,729
52 Bonney Lake 0.69% 19,560
53 Burlington 0.69% 8,590
54 Bremerton 0.65% 39,584
55 College Place 0.64% 9,041
56 Marysville 0.64% 66,178
57 Mukilteo 0.63% 21,101
58 Richland 0.62% 53,991
59 Quincy 0.61% 7,333
60 Tukwila 0.58% 20,025
61 Walla Walla 0.55% 32,585
62 Maple Valley 0.55% 25,375
63 East Wenatchee 0.54% 13,624
64 Battle Ground 0.52% 19,439
65 Vancouver 0.51% 171,393
66 Tumwater 0.49% 22,005
67 Shelton 0.47% 9,882
68 Federal Way 0.46% 94,905
69 University Place 0.45% 32,528
70 Seattle 0.45% 688,245
71 Edmonds 0.45% 41,309
72 Kennewick 0.44% 78,858
73 Mill Creek 0.44% 19,706
74 Renton 0.43% 99,692
75 Selah 0.43% 7,652
76 Monroe 0.43% 18,149
77 Centralia 0.42% 16,771
78 Pullman 0.4% 32,382
79 Des Moines 0.4% 31,080
80 Mountlake Terrace 0.39% 20,922
81 Lynnwood 0.39% 37,242
82 Port Townsend 0.35% 9,315
83 Bothell 0.34% 44,082
84 Chehalis 0.31% 7,337
85 Lake Stevens 0.31% 31,022
86 Washougal 0.31% 15,241
87 Pasco 0.3% 70,607
88 Liberty Lake 0.29% 8,905
89 Sunnyside 0.29% 16,248
90 Kirkland 0.27% 86,772
91 Snoqualmie 0.22% 12,944
92 Ellensburg 0.21% 19,307
93 Bellevue 0.2% 139,014
94 Kenmore 0.2% 22,154
95 Othello 0.19% 7,797
96 Milton 0.19% 7,481
97 Poulsbo 0.17% 10,005
98 Woodland 0.14% 5,765
99 Lake Forest Park 0.14% 13,247
100 Lynden 0.13% 13,452

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