U.S. Ancestry Demographic Data

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.

On this page, we have links to some of the most commonly reported ancestries on the latest U.S. Census Bureau study.

On those pages we will also provide data on the percentage of population for each ancestry for every state, so you can see at a glance the breakdown of ethnicity at state level.

List of United States Ancestries and Ethnic Origin

Below, we'll show you the full list of different ancestries from 2015 up to the latest figures from the Census Bureau for 2019, ordered from A to Z. To view them in a different order, select one of the links before the table.

All ancestry labels below are the grouping terms used by the U.S. Census Bureau and are not labels that Name Census has provided.

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2015 2019 Change, 2015 to 2019
Ancestry Population Population Change Percent
Total Population 316,515,021 324,697,795 8,182,774 2.55%
Afghan 83,381 111,935 28,554 29.24%
African 1,401,684 1,550,482 148,798 10.08%
African American 39,908,095 41,234,642 1,326,547 3.27%
Alaska Native tribes 108,204 116,314 8,110 7.22%
Albanian 156,531 157,516 985 0.63%
All other Hispanic or Latino 1,228,371 1,632,677 404,306 28.26%
Alsatian 3,623 3,143 -480 -14.19%
American 19,562,123 17,161,563 -2,400,560 -13.07%
American Indian 1,956,914 2,111,167 154,253 7.58%
Arab 220,921 201,941 -18,980 -8.98%
Argentinean 262,841 285,043 22,202 8.10%
Armenian 322,420 303,951 -18,469 -5.90%
Asian 16,235,305 17,924,209 1,688,904 9.89%
Asian Indian 3,303,512 3,995,755 692,243 18.97%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 80,856 75,129 -5,727 -7.34%
Australian 41,712 40,643 -1,069 -2.60%
Austrian 162,033 138,956 -23,077 -15.33%
Bahamian 28,454 31,360 2,906 9.72%
Bangladeshi 153,234 177,778 24,544 14.83%
Barbadian 43,842 43,285 -557 -1.28%
Basque 24,802 23,905 -897 -3.68%
Belgian 108,690 97,165 -11,525 -11.20%
Belizean 37,824 40,325 2,501 6.40%
Bermudan 3,009 3,039 30 0.99%
Bhutanese 21,441 25,240 3,799 16.28%
Bolivian 112,953 121,034 8,081 6.91%
Brazilian 263,648 317,830 54,182 18.64%
British 660,351 851,143 190,792 25.25%
British West Indian 75,737 77,291 1,554 2.03%
Bulgarian 71,319 73,066 1,747 2.42%
Burmese 126,590 168,851 42,261 28.61%
Cajun 70,027 68,479 -1,548 -2.24%
Cambodian 263,396 257,994 -5,402 -2.07%
Canadian 337,967 298,637 -39,330 -12.36%
Cape Verdean 75,356 80,572 5,216 6.69%
Carpatho Rusyn 3,568 2,903 -665 -20.55%
Celtic 22,661 21,928 -733 -3.29%
Chilean 149,472 156,808 7,336 4.79%
Chinese 3,693,977 4,113,299 419,322 10.74%
Colombian 1,060,519 1,183,334 122,815 10.95%
Costa Rican 144,258 157,480 13,222 8.76%
Croatian 153,011 133,885 -19,126 -13.33%
Cuban 2,014,010 2,278,034 264,024 12.30%
Cypriot 4,817 5,743 926 17.54%
Czech 421,316 362,489 -58,827 -15.01%
Czechoslovakian 125,056 107,475 -17,581 -15.12%
Danish 339,322 293,019 -46,303 -14.64%
Dominican 1,719,678 1,986,971 267,293 14.42%
Dutch 1,136,889 992,931 -143,958 -13.52%
Dutch West Indian 11,872 8,184 -3,688 -36.78%
Eastern European 329,123 536,853 207,730 47.98%
Ecuadorian 677,183 713,512 36,329 5.22%
Egyptian 185,873 204,220 18,347 9.41%
English 8,992,416 7,521,336 -1,471,080 -17.82%
Estonian 12,848 11,854 -994 -8.05%
Ethiopian 214,670 273,976 59,306 24.27%
European 2,840,470 4,109,545 1,269,075 36.52%
Filipino 2,717,844 2,875,514 157,670 5.64%
Finnish 212,702 192,947 -19,755 -9.74%
French 1,836,991 1,537,856 -299,135 -17.73%
French Canadian 932,239 872,327 -59,912 -6.64%
German 15,816,883 13,492,931 -2,323,952 -15.86%
German Russian 12,753 13,082 329 2.55%
Ghanaian 100,416 118,993 18,577 16.93%
Greek 582,315 530,418 -51,897 -9.33%
Guatemalan 1,296,634 1,479,715 183,081 13.19%
Guyanese 190,986 197,663 6,677 3.44%
Haitian 816,017 871,045 55,028 6.52%
Hispanic or Latino 54,232,205 58,479,370 4,247,165 7.54%
Hmong 267,009 293,056 26,047 9.30%
Honduran 785,332 946,414 161,082 18.60%
Hungarian 450,119 397,585 -52,534 -12.39%
Icelander 16,901 14,347 -2,554 -16.35%
Indonesian 71,451 74,683 3,232 4.42%
Iranian 362,193 361,196 -997 -0.28%
Iraqi 100,727 124,544 23,817 21.15%
Irish 9,438,313 8,204,334 -1,233,979 -13.99%
Israeli 88,952 79,222 -9,730 -11.57%
Italian 6,652,806 5,880,904 -771,902 -12.32%
Jamaican 823,626 849,779 26,153 3.13%
Japanese 779,637 770,798 -8,839 -1.14%
Jordanian 56,908 66,864 9,956 16.09%
Kenyan 51,090 72,219 21,129 34.27%
Korean 1,460,214 1,455,185 -5,029 -0.34%
Laotian 207,999 201,675 -6,324 -3.09%
Latvian 37,090 34,475 -2,615 -7.31%
Lebanese 236,422 226,999 -9,423 -4.07%
Liberian 49,839 64,252 14,413 25.27%
Lithuanian 204,815 176,989 -27,826 -14.58%
Luxembourger 11,743 9,973 -1,770 -16.30%
Macedonian 39,186 41,500 2,314 5.74%
Malaysian 18,803 20,366 1,563 7.98%
Maltese 16,582 14,254 -2,328 -15.10%
Mexican 34,640,287 36,473,461 1,833,174 5.16%
Mongolian 15,919 19,860 3,941 22.03%
Moroccan 69,413 82,883 13,470 17.69%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 546,255 599,868 53,613 9.36%
Nepalese 103,526 160,391 56,865 43.09%
New Zealander 9,665 10,054 389 3.95%
Nicaraguan 407,288 422,273 14,985 3.61%
Nigerian 265,973 353,885 87,912 28.37%
Northern European 219,171 317,984 98,813 36.79%
Norwegian 1,474,745 1,319,277 -155,468 -11.13%
Okinawan 3,039 3,210 171 5.47%
Other Arab 215,227 274,511 59,284 24.21%
Other Asian, not specified 131,130 155,755 24,625 17.17%
Other Asian, specified 4,364 5,684 1,320 26.27%
Other Central American 40,174 41,680 1,506 3.68%
Other South American 32,362 25,934 -6,428 -22.05%
Other Subsaharan African 137,511 194,601 57,090 34.38%
Other West Indian 3,788 4,129 341 8.61%
Pakistani 414,880 472,610 57,730 13.01%
Palestinian 79,880 92,488 12,608 14.63%
Panamanian 190,557 202,418 11,861 6.04%
Paraguayan 22,767 24,627 1,860 7.85%
Pennsylvania German 192,001 194,366 2,365 1.22%
Peruvian 620,074 664,549 44,475 6.92%
Polish 3,192,151 2,849,956 -342,195 -11.33%
Portuguese 625,188 572,159 -53,029 -8.86%
Puerto Rican 5,174,554 5,629,268 454,714 8.42%
Romanian 247,429 245,262 -2,167 -0.88%
Russian 1,085,540 933,948 -151,592 -15.01%
Salvadoran 2,022,687 2,239,472 216,785 10.17%
Scandinavian 266,718 338,511 71,793 23.72%
Scotch-Irish 1,375,761 1,237,372 -138,389 -10.59%
Scottish 1,716,315 1,580,194 -136,121 -8.26%
Senegalese 12,815 14,054 1,239 9.22%
Serbian 95,717 93,418 -2,299 -2.43%
Sierra Leonean 15,278 18,525 3,247 19.21%
Slavic 48,183 45,391 -2,792 -5.97%
Slovak 248,443 211,755 -36,688 -15.94%
Slovene 60,043 54,297 -5,746 -10.05%
Somali 119,421 151,653 32,232 23.78%
Some Other Race 14,865,258 16,047,369 1,182,111 7.65%
South African 38,099 37,856 -243 -0.64%
Soviet Union 1,494 1,828 334 20.11%
Spaniard 756,552 812,159 55,607 7.09%
Spanish 511,369 496,682 -14,687 -2.91%
Spanish American 26,038 16,712 -9,326 -43.63%
Sri Lankan 46,036 51,224 5,188 10.67%
Subsaharan African 2,541,067 3,009,939 468,872 16.89%
Sudanese 39,833 54,136 14,303 30.44%
Swedish 961,300 793,864 -167,436 -19.08%
Swiss 227,219 208,062 -19,157 -8.80%
Syrian 80,135 89,660 9,525 11.22%
Taiwanese 158,122 172,329 14,207 8.60%
Thai 188,673 205,145 16,472 8.37%
Total Arab 1,245,506 1,364,110 118,604 9.09%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 155,691 157,014 1,323 0.85%
Turkish 138,494 143,474 4,980 3.53%
Two or more Asian 373,962 438,446 64,484 15.87%
Ugandan 11,696 15,894 4,198 30.43%
Ukrainian 498,093 491,174 -6,919 -1.40%
United States Virgin Islander 10,437 12,398 1,961 17.18%
Uruguayan 62,902 63,352 450 0.71%
Venezuelan 273,343 425,761 152,418 43.60%
Welsh 376,110 342,061 -34,049 -9.48%
West Indian 172,894 156,828 -16,066 -9.75%
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 2,183,191 2,254,677 71,486 3.22%
White 232,943,055 235,377,662 2,434,607 1.04%
Yugoslavian 181,566 153,815 -27,751 -16.55%
Zimbabwean 7,386 8,841 1,455 17.93%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the latest American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, from the United States Census Bureau. The latest year for the ACS is currently 2019.