Number of Somali People in the United States

In this article, we will explore the demographic data of Somali people in the United States, and look at historical data to see whether the Somali population is growing or declining.

First, let's take a look at the population of Somali people in the United States for the last 5 years.

Total U.S. Somali Population

Population Year
151,653 2019
147,710 2018
135,828 2017
126,060 2016
119,421 2015

The table above shows that between 2015 and 2019 the total Somali population has increased by 32,232 people.

If this growth were to continue at the same rate, the total population of Somali people by 2023 could be 183,885.

Total U.S. Somali Population By State

We can also look at the data for Somali people in each individual state and whether the Somali population increased or decreased between 2015 and 2019.

For more details on the historical population figures for each state, click the link in the table below.

State 2015 2019 Change (%)
Alabama 16 0 -100.00%
Alaska 447 433 -3.13%
Arizona 2,136 2,929 37.13%
Arkansas 0 0 0.00%
California 4,934 5,027 1.88%
Colorado 2,738 2,971 8.51%
Connecticut 534 252 -52.81%
Delaware 0 0 0.00%
District of Columbia 102 31 -69.61%
Florida 101 224 121.78%
Georgia 4,113 3,377 -17.89%
Hawaii 26 42 61.54%
Idaho 19 195 926.32%
Illinois 1,228 1,148 -6.51%
Indiana 99 238 140.40%
Iowa 1,220 1,044 -14.43%
Kansas 1,309 912 -30.33%
Kentucky 2,741 3,353 22.33%
Louisiana 53 92 73.58%
Maine 2,060 2,737 32.86%
Maryland 1,113 240 -78.44%
Massachusetts 3,362 3,441 2.35%
Michigan 1,387 1,631 17.59%
Minnesota 39,429 61,247 55.33%
Mississippi 17 12 -29.41%
Missouri 1,899 2,238 17.85%
Montana 0 0 0.00%
Nebraska 2,145 3,369 57.06%
Nevada 309 346 11.97%
New Hampshire 509 344 -32.42%
New Jersey 0 25 100.00%
New Mexico 32 25 -21.88%
New York 2,906 4,704 61.87%
North Carolina 1,547 1,245 -19.52%
North Dakota 1,065 1,747 64.04%
Ohio 12,997 13,388 3.01%
Oklahoma 5 0 -100.00%
Oregon 2,677 3,044 13.71%
Pennsylvania 524 502 -4.20%
Puerto Rico 0 0 0.00%
Rhode Island 0 22 100.00%
South Carolina 8 102 1,175.00%
South Dakota 233 620 166.09%
Tennessee 2,520 2,305 -8.53%
Texas 3,600 3,999 11.08%
Utah 1,363 3,075 125.61%
Vermont 270 525 94.44%
Virginia 2,979 3,378 13.39%
Washington 11,029 13,558 22.93%
West Virginia 0 0 0.00%
Wisconsin 1,551 1,516 -2.26%
Wyoming 69 0 -100.00%

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.

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