Number of people of American Indian origin in the U.S.
All figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau Report.
The Census Bureau defines ancestry as a person's ethnic origin, racial heritage, descent, or "roots," which may reflect their place of birth, place of birth of parents or ancestors, and ethnic identities that have evolved within the United States.
The following table includes the number American Indians living in the United States. "American Indians" are defined as people who marked their ethnic origin as "American Indian" on the Census survey in 1990 and/or 2000.
Total Number (1990)
% of US Population (1990)
Total Number (2000)
% of US Population (2000)
% Change 1990-2000
- Rounds to 0.0.
People in America Series: Number of American Indians in the United States
Some ancestries are general may encompass several ancestries not listed separately (i.e., African American, White).
NS Not statistically different from zero at the 90-percent confidence level.
Notes: Because of sampling error, the estimates in this table may not be significantly different from one another or from other ancestries not listed in this table.
People who reported two ancestries were included once in each category. The estimates in this table differ slightly in some cases from the estimates in other data products due to the collapsing schemes used. For example, here German does not include Bavarian. Some groups correspond to groups identified separately in the race and Hispanic-origin questions. The race item provides the primary source of data for White, Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian groups, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups. The Hispanic-origin question is the primary identifier for Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Hispanic groups.
Editor's note: the ethnic and racial terms used on this page (e.g. "Negro") are those used by the Bureau of the U.S. Census, not the choice of the owners of this web site.