Illinois Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

Below, we'll show you the full list of different ancestries reported in Illinois for the past 6 years. These start from the latest figures from the Census Bureau for , back to -5.

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.

Illinois Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
White 9,312,771 9,270,907 9,236,701 9,189,185 9,134,903 8,874,067
Hispanic or Latino 2,122,841 2,136,474 2,162,070 2,174,842 2,186,387 2,190,696
African American 1,846,108 1,837,612 1,833,501 1,824,125 1,813,590 1,796,660
Mexican 1,685,953 1,693,104 1,711,843 1,715,831 1,717,260 1,709,245
German 829,801 812,775 793,406 759,177 721,124 687,790
Some Other Race 747,933 753,559 767,145 762,506 757,231 757,150
Asian 645,642 655,799 671,811 690,822 698,524 709,567
American 543,772 513,701 476,176 445,318 413,352 381,313
Polish 401,589 390,422 383,261 370,911 360,194 347,837
Irish 394,312 380,304 370,142 361,770 349,307 336,466
Italian 266,617 257,390 248,868 238,044 230,825 220,199
English 220,496 206,901 198,846 188,710 177,653 192,476
Asian Indian 215,703 224,090 231,720 242,889 241,743 248,679
Puerto Rican 198,272 202,096 201,841 205,857 203,068 203,537
Filipino 120,321 119,344 122,010 121,909 123,239 121,406
Chinese 117,949 120,715 123,982 128,439 129,986 128,606
European 97,872 100,187 101,571 114,173 131,233 131,856
Subsaharan African 74,166 78,885 82,534 86,155 92,124 97,844
Total Arab 70,354 70,020 74,729 76,403 76,077 73,639
Swedish 67,265 64,415 61,297 58,060 54,102 50,559
Korean 62,873 59,726 59,372 57,561 57,605 57,487
Greek 49,799 50,648 50,350 48,654 47,323 43,429
Russian 47,255 44,973 43,222 41,154 40,255 40,353
Dutch 46,522 45,265 43,798 42,342 38,889 37,424
Norwegian 43,982 42,569 41,624 40,482 38,610 36,034
Scottish 41,130 39,859 38,135 36,705 34,400 33,817
African 39,601 42,661 45,490 49,021 52,837 55,679
Guatemalan 39,477 39,513 41,059 42,930 45,775 41,893
French 36,388 36,394 36,287 34,109 32,851 30,483
Lithuanian 32,842 31,110 30,447 30,468 28,262 27,555
Ukrainian 30,787 29,853 30,648 30,871 31,379 30,945
Ecuadorian 29,989 27,598 26,932 28,139 30,206 30,614
Pakistani 29,778 31,583 32,650 35,496 36,689 38,922
Czech 29,438 28,679 27,814 26,261 23,784 23,519
Scotch-Irish 27,333 26,179 24,318 23,570 22,759 22,224
Cuban 25,518 25,903 26,078 26,011 26,137 27,916
All other Hispanic or Latino 24,551 26,450 27,508 27,919 28,148 37,870
Colombian 23,916 24,231 24,148 24,275 24,163 25,344
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 20,808 20,303 21,561 22,248 22,859 22,404
Romanian 20,287 20,568 21,882 23,757 23,895 23,207
Arab 18,554 15,844 15,105 15,001 12,048 10,930
Japanese 17,736 18,355 17,994 17,932 18,761 18,419
Serbian 16,565 16,632 15,247 14,518 14,350 15,521
British 16,161 16,467 16,634 18,363 20,312 19,559
Eastern European 15,097 14,870 15,906 18,759 22,382 24,181
American Indian 14,890 16,100 16,716 17,902 18,639 19,150
Yugoslavian 14,716 13,860 13,143 12,389 12,071 12,379
Salvadoran 14,612 14,859 15,865 16,508 19,255 19,037
Honduran 14,264 16,289 16,298 16,361 16,583 16,445
Hungarian 14,058 13,801 13,073 12,517 11,912 11,020
Nigerian 14,003 14,503 14,474 15,884 17,112 18,816
Spaniard 13,116 13,319 13,599 14,531 16,132 16,631
Croatian 13,042 12,725 12,800 11,678 11,302 11,471
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 12,618 11,892 10,622 10,300 10,565 11,102
Slovak 11,985 11,298 10,258 10,069 9,719 9,060
Albanian 11,605 10,976 10,340 10,576 10,029 9,507
Peruvian 11,480 11,937 12,759 12,931 12,734 13,505
Bulgarian 11,276 11,103 11,876 12,079 13,352 13,650
French Canadian 10,694 10,890 11,218 10,884 10,527 10,790
Two or more Asian 10,660 11,517 12,146 12,505 12,977 14,295
Danish 10,554 10,171 9,677 9,172 8,490 8,676
Palestinian 10,174 10,553 11,914 12,653 12,989 13,947
Other Arab 9,688 10,597 12,724 13,253 13,669 12,838
Welsh 9,190 9,021 9,195 8,715 8,530 8,264
Belgian 9,106 8,765 8,554 8,213 7,534 6,986
Jamaican 8,944 8,169 9,069 8,895 8,948 9,147
Austrian 8,686 8,267 8,046 7,385 7,133 6,980
Thai 7,876 7,771 7,847 7,927 8,730 9,242
Iraqi 7,610 7,341 7,339 6,760 7,237 6,086
Iranian 7,601 7,436 7,551 7,642 7,307 7,100
Scandinavian 7,579 7,879 8,031 8,585 8,843 9,787
Spanish 7,352 6,433 6,944 6,356 6,887 8,761
Dominican 7,295 6,560 7,714 7,468 7,657 7,638
Swiss 7,205 7,251 7,050 6,966 6,968 6,042
Czechoslovakian 7,091 6,773 6,353 5,845 5,594 4,920
Northern European 6,797 6,636 6,291 6,884 7,904 9,463
Canadian 6,649 6,147 5,715 5,499 5,006 4,931
Haitian 6,385 5,841 5,727 5,913 6,241 5,471
Argentinean 6,110 6,720 6,132 6,620 6,436 6,346
Other Asian, not specified 6,066 5,533 4,713 4,615 4,562 5,033
Jordanian 6,064 6,532 7,159 7,878 7,869 8,547
Turkish 5,538 5,550 5,927 5,924 5,558 5,103
Egyptian 5,527 6,061 6,410 5,978 7,605 7,344
Laotian 5,336 5,708 6,005 5,470 4,741 4,589
Other Subsaharan African 5,301 5,927 6,243 5,956 5,837 6,309
Taiwanese 5,284 5,045 4,811 4,382 4,111 4,532
Lebanese 5,182 5,232 5,189 5,244 5,290 4,965
Armenian 5,059 4,618 4,313 4,128 3,718 3,628
Finnish 5,044 5,020 4,479 4,492 4,277 3,543
Ghanaian 4,857 4,415 4,441 4,014 4,585 4,335
Slovene 4,461 4,266 4,411 3,664 3,588 3,834
Syrian 4,459 4,857 5,896 6,610 6,450 5,862
Ethiopian 4,399 4,791 4,840 4,469 4,800 5,187
Cambodian 4,265 3,667 3,947 3,889 3,656 3,344
Macedonian 3,732 3,798 3,234 3,365 4,433 4,773
Burmese 3,594 4,021 4,042 4,495 5,080 5,123
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 3,407 4,186 4,275 4,582 4,477 5,196
Nicaraguan 3,216 3,007 3,444 3,224 3,629 3,393
Brazilian 3,154 3,411 3,480 3,634 3,644 3,924
Venezuelan 3,143 3,974 4,131 4,662 6,151 7,678
Belizean 3,139 3,682 3,975 4,473 4,314 4,270
Chilean 3,115 2,728 2,996 2,882 3,224 3,167
Moroccan 3,096 3,003 2,993 3,026 2,920 3,120
Portuguese 3,010 2,982 3,066 2,927 2,951 2,675
Bangladeshi 2,889 2,597 2,441 2,205 1,909 2,242
Panamanian 2,850 2,783 2,933 3,021 3,275 3,145
Pennsylvania German 2,629 2,638 2,611 3,051 2,947 2,801
Bolivian 2,612 2,445 2,633 2,576 2,756 2,549
Latvian 2,562 2,607 2,716 2,364 2,588 2,320
Israeli 2,550 2,235 2,276 2,530 2,332 2,215
Nepalese 2,414 2,554 3,316 3,430 4,016 3,636
Mongolian 2,339 2,956 2,799 3,513 3,678 4,349
Costa Rican 1,988 2,273 2,445 2,479 2,793 2,735
Slavic 1,926 1,923 1,660 1,822 1,796 1,930
Luxembourger 1,361 1,313 1,256 1,143 1,042 1,074
Australian 1,279 1,250 1,218 1,142 958 857
Other Central American 1,258 1,443 1,821 1,508 1,451 839
Somali 1,228 1,211 1,069 1,108 1,148 1,004
Sudanese 1,198 1,326 1,260 867 901 1,839
Other South American 1,180 1,270 1,162 1,052 1,209 867
Indonesian 1,151 1,326 1,263 1,154 1,206 1,265
Uruguayan 1,054 973 1,196 1,155 929 1,001
West Indian 1,053 1,100 1,122 1,080 1,054 1,168
Liberian 1,000 958 1,352 1,288 1,347 816
South African 916 781 890 908 895 882
Bhutanese 873 710 634 414 201 211
Malaysian 828 733 716 881 1,059 1,056
Afghan 797 819 1,064 1,357 1,441 921
Sri Lankan 774 1,005 1,030 1,493 1,721 1,651
Hmong 711 701 759 811 956 774
Kenyan 624 848 1,011 1,296 1,452 1,321
Ugandan 551 631 565 423 379 369
Estonian 519 520 583 512 494 510
Icelander 486 434 435 337 178 168
Celtic 418 364 363 276 282 248
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 401 526 700 725 940 1,113
Guyanese 397 445 449 480 533 517
Alaska Native tribes 354 327 393 525 383 484
Spanish American 310 322 297 209 200 153
Cypriot 298 267 254 211 166 167
German Russian 295 295 379 234 310 304
Cajun 275 238 272 233 321 244
Other Asian, specified 266 223 81 126 172 1,880
Senegalese 240 533 605 607 419 757
Bahamian 240 264 256 331 383 276
Barbadian 234 280 187 294 288 391
Paraguayan 210 244 292 337 329 387
British West Indian 196 165 248 195 199 163
Zimbabwean 149 122 131 107 82 230
Alsatian 135 93 78 102 82 143
New Zealander 135 235 282 287 296 318
Basque 120 142 141 136 143 136
Maltese 90 101 97 68 82 65
Bermudan 82 72 73 52 126 70
Cape Verdean 76 114 98 98 155 165
Other West Indian 61 70 52 89 88 33
Soviet Union 57 54 9 37 58 89
Carpatho Rusyn 56 55 41 26 43 38
Dutch West Indian 49 77 86 116 139 115
Okinawan 38 63 27 32 37 25
United States Virgin Islander 24 57 66 85 139 187
Sierra Leonean 23 64 65 109 175 135

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 .

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