American Indian and Alaska Native population growing

Latest census provides snapshot of change from 2010 to 2020

PSRC is celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month by exploring Census data about the region’s residents who have American Indian and Alaska Native heritage.

About 3% of residents in the four-county region identify with this racial group. People reporting on the Census may be of any Tribe.

Their numbers jumped 54% in the last decade. There were 142,400 people in the region who checked this box on the 2020 Census, up from 92,200 in 2010.

Much of this population’s growth has been driven by people who are multiracial. The 2020 Census attributes some of this increase to improved census implementation.

This post uses the Census term "American Indian and Alaska Native" since we are reporting Census data.

The people included in this analysis may identify with this racial group alone or in combination with others.

About two out of three people (67%) with this background identify with one or more additional racial groups.

The remaining third (33%) identify as American Indian and Alaska Native alone. When people reported another racial group, it was usually white (45%).

The 2020 Census data only brushes the surface of the data and stories of the 142,400 people in the region who identify as American Indian and Alaska Native.

Source: 2020 Census Redistricting data, table P001

 

PSRC celebrates the diverse, rich cultures of people with American Indian and Alaska Native heritage. We also recognize the suffering that members of these groups have experienced in the past and continue to endure due to historical policies and practices.

PSRC is working to advance opportunities for people of American Indian and Alaska Native heritage through its new Equity Advisory Committee. The group will help develop a Regional Equity Strategy and advise PSRC on policies and programs with an equity lens. The committee next meets on December 2.

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