U.S. Census Bureau Releases New Detailed Statistics on Tribal Groups

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Published July 16, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released detailed statistics of social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics for American Indian and Alaska populations. These statistics are from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey, which contain the most detail for these populations and are available at numerous geographic levels.

American Indian and Alaska Native Tables

Statistics released show that 2.6 million residents identified as American Indian and Alaska Native alone in the United States in 2011-2015. Of this population, 13.8 percent of those age 25 and over had a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 4.6 percent having a graduate or professional degree. Additionally, 748,647 American Indian and Alaska Native residents age 3 and over were enrolled in school, of which 43.5 percent were enrolled in elementary school (grades 1-8).

Other highlights include:

  • Of those age 5 and over, 26.9 percent spoke a language other than English at home.
  • Of those age 16 and over, 58.6 percent were in the labor force.
  • Of the civilian population age 18 and over, 7.9 percent were veterans.
  • Of grandparents living with their own grandchildren under age 18, 52.3 percent were responsible for their care.
  • Of American Indian and Alaska Native housing units, 5.3 percent had no telephone service available.
  • The median household income was $37,408 (in 2015 inflation-adjusted dollars).

Additional topics include fertility, industry and occupation, and health insurance. Statistics were published for 1,119 detailed tribes and for particular geographic areas if a tribe had a population of at least 50 people that completed the survey. At the national level, each tribal population estimate had to number at least 100 persons for the data to be published. Alaska Native Regional Corporations, American Indian and Alaska Native Areas, and Hawaiian Home Lands were included.

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