How Many Native American People
Are There Today?
By GLENN ANAISCOURT Jan. 13, 2016
Q: How many Native American people are there today?
A: More than 60 million.
About 15 million Native people live in Mexico. About 14 million live in Peru.
Bolivia and Guatemala have Native populations of about 6 million each.
In the United States there are over 5 million American Indian people.
In 2013, these people constituted about 2 percent of the total U.S. population.
As of 2012, there were 325 federally recognized reservations in the U.S.
As of 2013, there were 566 federally recognized tribes in the U.S.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides statistics for over 600 American Indian and
Alaska Native legal and statistical areas.
According to the U.S. Census, in 2005 the U.S. state with the largest
self-identified Native population was California, with 696,600 people.
Los Angeles, with a self-identified Native population of over 50,000,
has the largest Native population of any U.S. city except New York.
Over 1,000 Native American languages are spoken in the world today.
Over 8 million people speak Quechuan languages.
Nearly 3 people speak Aymara, and over 5 million speak Guaraní.
There are at least 6 million speakers of Mayan languages.
In 1800, at least 80 different languages were spoken in what is today
the U.S. State of California. Efforts are underway to preserve and
revitalize many of them.