21 Statistics From the Census Bureau for Heritage Month

ICTMN Staff
11/13/13

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, the U.S. Census Bureau released the following statistics for American Indians and Alaska Natives:

5.2 million

The nation’s population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of more than one race—they made up about 2 percent of the total population in 2012. Of this total, about 49 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native only, and about 51 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native in combination with one or more other races.

11.2 million

The projected population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, alone or in combination, on July 1, 2060. They would comprise 2.7 percent of the total population.

Source: Population projections

437,339

The American Indian and Alaska Native population, alone or in combination with another race that is 65 or over.

Grand Entry at the 2013 Black Hills Pow Wow in Rapid City, South Dakota. (Christina Rose)

14

Number of states with more than 100,000 American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 2012— these states were California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Washington, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Alaska, Michigan, Oregon, Colorado and Minnesota.

19.6 percent

The proportion of Alaska’s population who identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, alone or in combination, in 2012, the highest rate for this group of any state. Alaska was followed by Oklahoma (13.4 percent), New Mexico (10.4), South Dakota (10 percent) and Montana (8.1 percent).

31.0

Median age for those who were American Indian and Alaska Native, alone or in combination, in 2012. This compares with a median age of 37.4 for the U.S. population as a whole.

325

Number of federally recognized American Indian reservations in 2012. All in all, excluding Hawaiian Home Lands, there are 618 American Indian and Alaska Native legal and statistical areas for which the Census Bureau provides statistics.

Source: Census Bureau Geography Division

22 percent

Percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives, alone or in combination, who lived in American Indian areas or Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas in 2010. These American Indian areas include federal American Indian reservations and/or off-reservation trust lands, Oklahoma tribal statistical areas, tribal designated statistical areas, state American Indian reservations, and state designated American Indian statistical areas.

Source: 2010 Census Summary File 1

566

Number of federally recognized Indian tribes.

Data courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

1,122,043

The number of American Indian and Alaska Native family households in 2012 (households with a householder who was American Indian and Alaska Native alone or in combination with another race). Of these, 54.7 percent were married-couple families, including those with children.

6.2 percent

The percentage of American Indian and Alaska Natives alone or in combination with other races who were grandparents living with their grandchild(ren) in 2012.

54.0 percent

The percentage of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native householders who owned their own home in 2012. This is compared with 63.9 percent of the overall population.

Lakota youth meet the Berenstein Bears. The popular children's books and television show has been redone in Lakota.

20.4 percent

Percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives alone or in combination 5 years and older who spoke a language other than English at home in 2012, compared with 21 percent for the nation as a whole.

78.8 percent

The percentage of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma, GED certificate or alternative credential in 2012. In addition, 13.5 percent obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. In comparison, 86.4 percent of the overall population had a high school diploma and 29.1 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

40.9 percent

Single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older whose bachelor’s degree was in science and engineering, or science and engineering-related fields in 2012. This compares with 43.6 percent for all people 25 and older with this level of education.

The assembled graduates at the 2013 Spring Commencement of Navajo Technical College (now Navajo Technical University).

70,532

Number of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older who had a graduate or professional degree in 2012.

26.1 percent

The percentage of civilian-employed single-race American Indian and Alaska Native people 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2012. In addition, 25.1 percent worked in service occupations and 22.8 percent in sales and office occupations.

Last summer the St. Regis Mohawk Akwesasne Reserve's American Legion Post 1479 hosted “The Moving Wall,” a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall located in Washington D.C.

161,686

The number of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native veterans of the U.S. armed forces in 2012.

$35,310

The median household income of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native households in 2012. This compares with $51,371 for the nation as a whole.

29.1 percent

The percent of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives that were in poverty in 2012, the highest rate of any race group. For the nation as a whole, the poverty rate was 15.9 percent.

27.4 percent

The percentage of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives who lacked health insurance coverage in 2012. For the nation as a whole, the corresponding percentage was 14.8 percent.

Statistics are from the 2012 American Community Survey, unless otherwise noted.

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