California Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

On this page, you'll find details on the largest ethnic ancestries in California, with links to ancestry pages to research more data.

Below, we'll show you the full list of different ancestries reported in California for the past 5 years. These start from the latest figures from the Census Bureau for 2019, back to 2015.

To make the surfacing of this data easier, we've listed it in descending order based on the most recent year of data available, which means that past years may not be in the correct descending order.

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

California Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
White 23,747,013 23,680,584 23,607,242 23,529,068 23,453,222
Hispanic or Latino 14,750,686 14,903,982 15,105,860 15,221,577 15,327,688
Mexican 12,274,907 12,400,437 12,555,044 12,621,844 12,687,312
Asian 5,261,978 5,354,608 5,503,672 5,604,339 5,692,423
Some Other Race 4,974,791 5,133,600 5,329,952 5,415,410 5,481,792
African American 2,265,387 2,261,835 2,263,222 2,267,875 2,274,108
Chinese 1,327,305 1,370,374 1,418,254 1,462,778 1,498,431
Filipino 1,247,073 1,255,672 1,275,057 1,279,680 1,288,414
American 929,971 897,928 869,284 841,607 836,054
German 834,788 804,105 768,138 722,073 664,261
Salvadoran 685,635 688,637 698,239 713,703 715,553
English 657,491 623,600 583,824 539,882 507,619
Asian Indian 635,718 666,480 712,532 752,127 781,878
Irish 617,461 601,411 583,356 558,012 531,113
Italian 520,089 506,779 489,715 471,295 447,684
Korean 463,977 461,305 466,313 467,380 464,242
Guatemalan 407,022 416,208 418,854 428,452 436,896
European 399,858 412,689 432,252 483,203 533,604
Japanese 278,354 274,797 276,302 274,239 269,696
Armenian 212,193 210,753 207,038 206,050 202,496
Puerto Rican 209,771 210,940 215,163 215,961 221,536
Total Arab 202,311 204,657 207,447 211,457 213,689
Subsaharan African 199,397 199,037 204,052 205,361 207,413
American Indian 193,315 190,954 198,197 201,310 209,360
All other Hispanic or Latino 188,106 199,137 218,431 240,279 257,886
Russian 169,890 168,102 163,827 155,949 148,883
Iranian 169,633 172,318 174,057 168,141 166,994
Spaniard 162,431 158,368 156,704 159,495 161,411
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 150,370 150,908 152,027 153,366 155,290
Portuguese 149,579 148,974 143,510 137,270 131,908
Two or more Asian 146,290 150,535 158,340 163,631 174,261
Scottish 140,283 137,682 134,459 128,506 120,633
Polish 137,444 134,783 131,347 127,361 123,449
Norwegian 119,779 116,435 110,899 107,494 102,503
Nicaraguan 118,154 117,993 120,827 120,164 117,505
African 116,485 112,128 113,375 111,457 110,217
French 116,058 115,661 111,774 107,953 101,402
Peruvian 105,586 108,966 110,504 108,200 108,165
Spanish 103,350 103,266 102,318 101,701 99,596
Swedish 98,316 95,465 92,521 86,811 82,297
Cambodian 95,126 93,001 94,746 90,601 89,352
Dutch 93,981 90,759 88,589 83,801 80,564
Hmong 91,705 94,354 94,454 95,361 95,672
Cuban 91,274 93,974 96,754 98,404 99,206
Honduran 88,486 92,033 92,701 88,569 92,011
Scotch-Irish 79,030 75,948 72,021 69,263 66,507
British 77,113 78,623 83,602 90,773 95,949
Colombian 75,361 75,364 78,425 81,055 83,932
Laotian 68,481 66,873 67,331 66,461 62,098
Taiwanese 66,709 67,327 68,567 72,314 75,678
Ukrainian 60,514 59,957 60,829 62,549 61,866
Greek 54,145 52,710 51,251 50,553 48,979
Pakistani 52,695 54,928 59,744 63,038 64,938
Thai 52,676 52,986 52,915 52,791 52,517
Argentinean 50,611 49,358 49,678 51,073 53,316
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 46,661 47,593 49,410 48,341 49,505
Danish 45,441 43,050 42,932 40,010 37,903
Canadian 43,877 42,322 41,717 41,014 39,015
Ecuadorian 42,971 42,981 43,370 41,678 42,094
Eastern European 42,274 43,481 47,018 53,158 59,809
French Canadian 41,340 41,215 40,748 38,409 35,666
Hungarian 39,319 38,330 36,794 35,583 33,560
Other Arab 37,634 40,781 40,583 43,514 46,896
Egyptian 37,513 37,505 37,440 36,409 36,981
Afghan 37,482 35,998 38,722 42,304 49,166
Northern European 36,713 38,512 41,068 46,219 51,047
Romanian 36,617 35,499 35,659 34,653 33,802
Arab 34,338 31,982 32,633 31,982 31,053
Lebanese 30,295 30,447 30,319 29,743 29,673
Welsh 29,383 28,900 27,865 25,056 23,600
Scandinavian 28,818 29,132 29,306 31,562 33,160
Indonesian 28,184 29,030 29,716 28,753 28,314
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 27,784 28,608 27,153 24,259 22,319
Chilean 27,686 28,363 28,665 29,405 29,063
Ethiopian 26,514 29,545 29,267 29,545 31,142
Costa Rican 25,212 25,594 26,037 26,345 26,114
Nigerian 23,728 24,324 24,675 26,477 26,539
Other Asian, not specified 23,434 23,450 23,649 25,318 26,957
Swiss 23,005 23,551 22,673 21,536 21,451
Czech 22,659 21,961 21,936 20,879 19,839
Brazilian 20,876 21,832 22,998 23,270 25,277
Israeli 20,797 20,201 20,024 18,968 18,761
Panamanian 19,890 19,332 20,077 19,621 19,090
Croatian 18,466 18,487 18,035 17,767 16,895
Iraqi 18,397 18,643 18,695 18,667 18,330
Austrian 17,531 17,440 16,710 15,339 14,089
Finnish 16,976 16,791 15,960 15,047 13,470
Jamaican 16,588 16,761 16,757 17,242 17,703
Dominican 16,489 16,385 17,007 17,391 17,281
Other Central American 16,337 15,817 16,388 15,896 15,372
Burmese 16,324 16,407 16,620 15,858 16,043
Lithuanian 15,343 14,542 13,966 13,792 13,784
Turkish 15,176 16,127 16,218 16,370 17,588
Syrian 14,868 16,352 16,813 17,115 17,000
Belizean 14,288 14,807 15,644 14,733 15,499
Venezuelan 14,145 13,743 13,133 13,860 15,277
Bolivian 13,800 14,104 13,983 14,780 15,553
Yugoslavian 13,649 13,685 12,738 12,213 11,667
Palestinian 13,047 13,676 15,021 16,346 16,482
Sri Lankan 12,006 11,855 11,679 11,127 11,144
Jordanian 10,390 9,906 10,625 12,060 12,189
Nepalese 9,611 11,015 12,384 13,572 15,231
Bangladeshi 9,580 10,205 10,748 11,355 11,404
Serbian 9,429 9,430 9,320 9,176 8,852
Bulgarian 9,312 9,624 8,870 8,901 8,598
Czechoslovakian 8,850 8,828 8,203 8,300 7,614
Australian 8,659 8,994 8,692 8,339 8,513
Slovak 8,271 7,668 7,775 7,726 7,629
Belgian 7,674 8,089 7,712 7,689 7,682
Basque 7,067 7,422 7,199 7,145 7,055
South African 6,224 6,110 6,704 5,958 6,482
Other Subsaharan African 6,057 6,296 7,780 9,268 9,768
Moroccan 5,829 5,365 5,318 5,621 5,085
Other South American 5,793 5,150 5,316 5,698 5,406
Mongolian 5,142 5,405 5,531 5,832 5,864
Haitian 4,967 5,393 6,481 6,912 7,670
Somali 4,934 4,952 4,928 4,770 5,027
Slavic 4,780 4,746 5,337 5,827 4,918
Latvian 4,436 4,371 4,003 3,953 3,793
Kenyan 4,407 4,418 5,007 4,652 4,859
Ghanaian 4,208 4,673 4,913 4,736 4,439
Malaysian 3,846 4,223 4,097 3,764 3,818
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 3,679 3,361 3,400 3,208 2,839
West Indian 3,646 3,800 3,895 3,258 3,161
Uruguayan 3,493 4,125 4,543 4,569 4,869
Maltese 3,209 2,860 2,764 2,754 2,592
Slovene 3,154 2,921 2,836 2,946 3,025
Celtic 2,712 2,504 2,439 2,256 1,872
Albanian 2,485 2,242 2,579 2,369 2,780
Spanish American 2,440 1,982 2,031 1,755 1,580
Pennsylvania German 2,327 2,493 2,424 2,464 2,455
New Zealander 2,271 2,206 2,169 2,533 2,349
Guyanese 2,140 2,593 2,960 2,705 2,529
Alaska Native tribes 2,127 2,373 2,573 2,497 2,519
Icelander 1,753 1,945 2,009 2,076 1,984
Paraguayan 1,736 1,725 1,668 1,679 1,664
Estonian 1,566 1,594 1,909 1,782 1,763
Macedonian 1,513 1,396 1,482 1,413 1,528
Cape Verdean 1,452 1,473 1,556 1,787 1,645
Sudanese 1,386 1,283 1,446 1,952 1,980
Cajun 1,213 1,242 1,169 855 914
German Russian 1,153 1,325 1,141 1,132 915
Ugandan 1,138 1,187 1,463 1,633 2,032
Other Asian, specified 1,079 1,185 1,318 1,488 1,582
Barbadian 989 1,065 919 850 701
British West Indian 972 965 848 841 809
Liberian 936 936 1,082 1,128 1,000
Zimbabwean 912 627 598 735 742
Luxembourger 676 642 578 374 368
Sierra Leonean 521 660 750 867 1,077
Dutch West Indian 497 437 441 317 219
Senegalese 495 425 508 396 464
United States Virgin Islander 363 205 199 114 93
Cypriot 312 404 436 458 464
Bhutanese 295 406 399 367 229
Bahamian 267 322 370 488 502
Okinawan 225 188 218 274 316
Other West Indian 213 246 218 255 208
Soviet Union 196 236 244 326 304
Bermudan 192 231 238 123 101
Alsatian 184 217 265 257 247
Carpatho Rusyn 116 104 140 69 61

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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