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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Native Americans Live Everywhere

43% live in the West
31% live in the South
17% live in the Midwest
09% live in the Northeast
  • No New England state has more than 1.5% of the total population reporting as NA.
  • NA’s are less than 1% of the total population in 21 states (including Massachusetts).
Ten states have the largest NA populations. The following 11 states include 62% of the total NA population. The first two combined account for 25% of the NA population.
  • California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Washington, North Carolina, Michigan, Alaska, Florida was the only other state with greater than 100,000 NA’s.
25% of the Native American population is either Cherokee or Navajo.
42% of the population is from 6 nations (Cherokee, Navajo, Latin American, Choctaw, Sioux, Chippewa)

Native American Population Growth in the U.S. 1990-2000:
The total U.S. population grew by 13%
Native American *alone* population increased 26%
Native American *alone* or in combination with at least one other race population increased 110%
  • 245 tribes are in various stages of tribal recognition.
  • We have a young and growing population.
  • The median age among NA’s is 28.9 (seven years younger than the whole population)
  • Increasing #’s of NA’s will be eligible for college enrollment in the coming years.
  • The percentage of NA’s ≥25 yrs. who completed high school increased from almost 66% to nearly 71% (higher than Hispanics, 57%, but lower than all other racial groups.).
U.S. Census 2000
Russell, G. (2004). American Indian Facts of Life. Native Data Network.. Phoenix, AZ.