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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008


Table 1.2a.  Number and percentage distribution of the American Indian/Alaska Native population, by race and region: 2006

Region American Indian/Alaska Native alone   American Indian/Alaska Native alone or
in combination with one or more other races
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 2,369,000 100.0   4,330,000 100.0
West 1,173,000 49.5   1,862,000 43.0
South 376,000 15.9   767,000 17.7
Midwest 685,000 28.9   1,353,000 31.3
Northeast 135,000 5.7   347,000 8.0
NOTE: "Alone" refers to respondents who selected American Indian/Alaska Native and not any other race category. "In combination with one or more other races" refers to respondents who selected American Indian/Alaska Native and one or more other race categories. Both "alone" and "in combination" include persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Western states are AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, and WY. Northeastern states are CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT. Midwestern states are IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, and WI. Southern states are AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, and DC. Counts of American Indians/Alaska Natives reported through the American Community Survey (Tables 1.1b, 1.2a, and 1.2b) are lower than those reported in the Population Estimates data series (Tables 1.1a and 1.1c). Data for Population Estimates are based on aggregations of racial/ethnic groups compiled from various Census Bureau sources. Racial/ethnic data reported through the American Community Survey are based on responses of individuals to a detailed question on race/ethnicity, which include more racial/ethnic groups, plus a category of "some other race". Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American FactFinder, American Community Survey, 2006.

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