ERIC Number: ED469364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2000. Census 2000 Brief.
Ogunwole, Stella U.
This brief summarizes data from Census 2000 on the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population and discusses its distribution at national, regional, and state levels. This information is intended for all levels of government to use in implementing and evaluating programs related to education, employment, health care, job training, civil rights, and housing. On April 1, 2000, 4.1 million persons--1.5 percent of the U.S. population--reported their race as AI/AN. This number included 2.5 million reporting AI/AN only and 1.6 million reporting AI/AN in combination with another race. Of all respondents who reported AI/AN, 43 percent lived in the West and 31 percent lived in the South. About 25 percent lived in California and Oklahoma combined. At 19 percent, Alaska had the highest proportion of AI/AN population, followed by Oklahoma (11 percent) and New Mexico (10 percent). American Indians and Alaska Natives were the majority of the population in 26 counties, located in eight states of the West and Midwest. Locations of clusters of counties with high AI/AN proportions are described. Among large cities, the largest AI/AN populations were found in New York and Los Angeles, which together accounted for 3.4 percent of the total AI/AN population. American Indian tribal groupings with 100,000 or more people were Cherokee, Navajo, Latin American Indian, Choctaw, Sioux, and Chippewa. Alaska Native tribal responses and patterns of mixed-tribal responses are also discussed. (Contains 11 data tables and figures.) (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indians, Census Figures, Demography, Multiracial Persons, Population Trends, Racial Distribution, Tribes
For full text: http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/c2kbr01-15.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Economics and Statistics Administration.