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Native Americans in the U.S.

A look at county-level Native American population data

FRED has added a great deal of county-level data recently, including population estimates, which include various race and ethnicity categories. These new data are especially well-suited for viewing on a map. So, of course, we look to GeoFRED: The map above shows non-Hispanic Native Americans. Note that the color scheme relates to the total number of Native Americans in each county, not in proportion to the county’s overall population.

Clearly, large numbers of Native Americans live in the West, especially the Southwest, and in Oklahoma—for obvious historical reasons that involve displacement of Native peoples. There are also quite a few counties where hardly any Native Americans live: For example, there are none in the Kansas counties of Comanche and Cheyenne. On the other side of the range, the Arizona counties of Navajo and Apache are in the top five most-populated. Unfortunately, we have no data for Oglala Lakota County in South Dakota.

How this map was created: Search for “American Indian population” and your favorite county. After clicking on the link, you will see some suggested material under the graph, including this GeoFRED map.

Suggested by Christian Zimmermann.

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