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California and Oklahoma were home to about 1-in-4 of the 4.1 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) reported in Census 2000, while New York City and Los Angeles had the largest populations of this race group among all cities, a new report by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau shows.
(The numbers in this news release consist of American Indians and Alaska Natives who reported that race alone, plus those who reported that race in combination with one or more other races.)
About 628,000 people who identified themselves as AIANs lived in California, while 392,000 resided in Oklahoma. Those two states, plus nine others with an American Indian and Alaska Native population greater than 100,000 -- Arizona (293,000), Texas (216,000), New Mexico (191,000), New York (172,000), Washington (159,000), North Carolina (132,000), Michigan (124,000), Alaska (119,000), and Florida (118,000) -- accounted for 62 percent of the total AIAN population, but only 44 percent of the total population.
Meanwhile, New York City, with 87,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Los Angeles, with 53,000, led all cities.
The analysis, The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2000, is one in a series of Census 2000 briefs. The report shows the number of people who reported AIAN alone was 2.5 million and the number who reported AIAN in combination with one or more other races was 1.6 million, accounting for the 4.1 million total.
Other highlights of the brief:
Census 2000 race data are not directly comparable with data from the 1990 or earlier censuses because of the change that allowed respondents to report more than one race.
A complete list of previously released and upcoming Census 2000 briefs may be found on the Census Bureau's Web site at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs.html>. They cover topics such as race, Hispanic origin, gender and housing.