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American Indian and Alaska Native Metro Populations

There are 1,515,870 AI/AN individuals living in metropolitan areas who self-identified as being affiliated with at least one federally recognized tribe, according to the most recent available data.1,2

Metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of individuals reporting such affiliation—

  1. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona (5.78% or 92,960 individuals)
  2. Tulsa, Oklahoma (4.19% or 67,486 individuals)
  3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (4.10% or 65,936 individuals)
  4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (3.18% or 51,193 individuals)

TABLE 3: 10 metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) affiliated with federally recognized tribes

AI/ANs identifying as affiliated with at least one federally recognized tribe1,2

No.

%

Metropolitan Area^
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

92,960

  5.78

Tulsa, OK

67,486

  4.19

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

65,936

  4.10

Oklahoma City, OK

51,193

  3.18

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

49,690

  3.09

Albuquerque, NM

48,012

  2.98

Farmington, NM

47,839

  2.97

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

46,344

  2.88

Flagstaff, AZ

36,705

  2.28

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

35,658

  2.22

Total AI/ANs residing in Metropolitan Areas

1,608,830

^ The US Census Bureau did not have data about AI/ANs living in metropolitan areas who self-identified as having an affiliation with the Pamunkey Indian Tribe.

Sources:
1US Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2009–2013. American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table BO2005 American Indian and Alaska Native alone for selected tribal groupings; generated by the Tribal Support Unit; using American FactFinder. Accessed Jun 8, 2015.
2Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Indian entities recognized and eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs [PDF-189KB]. Federal Register 2015;80(9):1942–8.


  1. US Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2009–2013. American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table BO2005 American Indian and Alaska Native alone for selected tribal groupings; generated by the Tribal Support Unit; using American FactFinder. Accessed Jun 8, 2015.
  2. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Indian entities recognized and eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs [PDF-189KB]. Federal Register 2015;80(9):1942–8.
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