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

NCES 2008-084
September 2008


Table 1.2b.  Size of the American Indian/Alaska Native population and percentage distribution of the total population, by race and states with the largest American Indian/Alaska Native populations: 2006

State American Indian/Alaska Native alone   American Indian/Alaska Native alone
or in combination with one or more other races
Number Percent
of state
population
Percent of
American
Indian/Alaska
Native alone
population
Number Percent
of state
population
Percent of
American
Indian/Alaska
Native total
population
United States 2,369,000 0.8 100.0   4,330,000 1.4 100.0
California 266,000 0.7 11.2   577,000 1.6 13.3
Oklahoma 244,000 6.8 10.3   419,000 11.7 9.7
Arizona 278,000 4.5 11.7   328,000 5.3 7.6
Texas 112,000 0.5 4.7   232,000 1.0 5.4
New Mexico 189,000 9.7 8.0   214,000 10.9 4.9
New York 60,000 0.3 2.5   142,000 0.7 3.3
Washington 93,000 1.5 3.9   170,000 2.7 3.9
North Carolina 100,000 1.1 4.2   147,000 1.7 3.4
Alaska 88,000 13.1 3.7   123,000 18.4 2.8
Oregon 67,000 1.8 2.8   119,000 3.2 2.7
Minnesota 52,000 1.0 2.2   81,000 1.6 1.9
Colorado 41,000 0.9 1.7   84,000 1.8 2.0
South Dakota 68,000 8.6 2.9   76,000 9.8 1.8
Montana 60,000 6.3 2.5   74,000 7.9 1.7
Nevada 30,000 1.2 1.3   51,000 2.0 1.2
Utah 29,000 1.1 1.2   40,000 1.6 0.9
North Dakota 33,000 5.2 1.4   38,000 6.0 0.9
Idaho 16,000 1.1 0.7   33,000 2.3 0.8
Wyoming 12,000 2.2 0.5   18,000 3.5 0.4
               
All other states 532,000 0.3 22.5   1,361,000 0.8 31.4
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. 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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