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American Indian* & Alaska Native Alone
& Tribe
Los Angeles County

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2010 Census & 2019 Census Estimates

Also see: American Indian & Alaska Native by City and Community
and 2000 Census Figures

Although Los Angeles County is home to the largest concentration of persons in the United States claiming to be fully or partly of American Indian descent, it is only the second largest population in the United States claiming to be fully American Indian and Alaska Native. Maricopa County, Arizona, ranks first. Los Angeles County, however, is home to the largest U.S. populations of ethnically indigenous people from Mexico, Central and South America.

American Indian* & Alaska Native Alone by Tribe

Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Total American Indian or Alaska Native 71,471 100.00% 73,393 100.00%
American Indian, Tribe Specified 36,404 50.94% 48,340 65.86%
Apache 2,316 3.24% 2,722 3.71%
Arapaho 69 0.10% 115 0.16%
Blackfeet 420 0.59% 468 0.64%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Canadian and French American Indian 140 0.20% 189 0.26%
Central American Indian 1,349 1.89% 1,611 2.20%
Cherokee 2,608 3.65% 3,297 4.49%
Cheyenne 120 0.17% 230 0.31%
Chickasaw 181 0.25% 134 0.18%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Chippewa 427 0.60% 318 0.43%
Choctaw 866 1.21% 536 0.73%
Colville 42 0.06% 39 0.05%
Comanche 211 0.30% 291 0.40%
Cree 44 0.06% 160 0.22%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Creek 378 0.53% 163 0.22%
Crow 33 0.05% 0 0.00%
Delaware 76 0.11% 66 0.09%
Hopi 295 0.41% 166 0.23%
Houma 3 0.00% 0 0.00%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Iroquois 288 0.40% 283 0.39%
Kiowa 93 0.13% 42 0.06%
Lumbee 81 0.11% 54 0.07%
Menominee 20 0.03% 0 0.00%
Mexican American Indian 13,885 19.43% 22,654 30.87%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Navajo 2,338 3.27% 2,157 2.94%
Osage 92 0.13% 73 0.10%
Ottawa 42 0.06% 12 0.02%
Paiute 174 0.24% 188 0.26%
Pima 327 0.46% 198 0.27%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Potawatomi 141 0.20% 129 0.18%
Pueblo 746 1.04% 935 1.27%
Puget Sound Salish 31 0.04% 0 0.00%
Seminole 114 0.16% 45 0.06%
Shoshone 173 0.24% 166 0.23%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Sioux 851 1.19% 667 0.91%
South American Indian 476 0.67% 908 1.24%
Spanish American Indian 929 1.30% 1,701 2.32%
Tohono O'Odham 413 0.58% 395 0.54%
Ute 90 0.13% 77 0.10%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Yakama 23 0.03% 7 0.01%
Yaqui 1,045 1.46% 1,501 2.05%
Yuman 209 0.29% 149 0.20%
All other American Indian tribes 4,245 5.94% 5,494 7.49%
American Indian, Tribe Not Specified 3,769 5.27% 4,688 6.39%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Alaska Native, Tribe Specified 271 0.38% 358 0.49%
Alaskan Athabascan 59 0.08% 71 0.10%
Aleut 42 0.06% 23 0.03%
Inupiat 58 0.08% 209 0.28%
Tlingit-Haida 79 0.11% 55 0.07%
Tribal Origin 2010 Census 2019 Census Estimates
Population Percent Population Percent
Tsimshian 14 0.02% 0 0.00%
Yup'ik 19 0.03% 0 0.00%
Alaska Native, Tribe Not Specified 37 0.05% 84 0.11%
American Indian or Alaska Native, Tribe Not Specified 30,990 43.36% 18,132 24.71%
Two or More American Indian or Alaska Native Tribes --- --- 1,791 2.44%

* Here we use the term American Indian, versus Native American, because the U.S. Census Bureau uses this to refer to most indigenous people of the Americas. According to a 1995 Census Bureau study, 50% of people identifying themselves as indigenous preferred the term American Indian, 37% preferred Native American, and the remainder either preferred other terms or had no preference. The Census Bureau uses American Indian to include indigenous people of all the Americas (North and South America and the Carribbean) who are not Alaska Native or Hawaiian. In addition, the local indigenous people groups native to Los Angeles County use the term "Indian."

† 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Source: U.S. Census Bureau