Iowa Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

Below, we'll show you the full list of different ancestries reported in Iowa 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.

Iowa Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
White 2,820,046 2,823,890 2,824,197 2,827,889 2,826,070
German 517,707 500,956 484,007 468,295 449,031
American 173,981 163,364 152,356 140,002 132,676
Hispanic or Latino 168,230 172,707 178,294 183,296 188,311
Mexican 131,476 134,532 137,874 143,368 145,886
Irish 106,348 103,997 101,934 100,078 97,840
African American 97,788 103,052 106,762 109,911 116,359
English 84,504 79,778 75,615 71,246 68,043
Asian 62,997 66,570 71,178 75,083 75,741
Norwegian 60,193 58,060 55,885 53,197 51,780
Dutch 54,106 52,742 51,323 50,349 49,198
Some Other Race 39,872 39,410 39,527 39,168 39,048
Swedish 25,299 24,068 22,509 21,821 20,818
European 25,205 26,703 29,047 32,407 37,145
Italian 19,611 19,963 20,229 19,895 20,441
Danish 19,100 18,477 18,186 17,694 16,884
Czech 18,349 17,919 17,766 16,684 16,463
Subsaharan African 13,594 14,896 17,045 20,080 21,901
Asian Indian 13,139 13,073 13,759 13,788 13,885
Scottish 12,746 12,917 12,480 12,038 11,710
French 11,888 10,657 10,603 10,028 8,946
Chinese 11,858 12,769 13,718 13,786 14,167
Polish 11,409 11,235 11,324 11,228 10,907
Scotch-Irish 9,233 9,149 8,517 8,184 8,262
Yugoslavian 8,004 8,255 7,745 7,270 7,676
American Indian 7,015 7,259 7,895 8,121 8,418
Salvadoran 6,504 5,907 5,725 6,253 7,306
Korean 6,291 6,124 6,818 6,685 6,382
Guatemalan 6,038 6,942 7,388 6,502 6,797
African 6,022 6,107 7,646 9,678 11,412
Puerto Rican 5,879 6,347 6,739 6,728 7,103
Laotian 5,049 5,403 5,284 4,943 4,976
Welsh 4,995 5,035 5,307 5,200 5,126
Total Arab 4,991 5,086 5,380 6,182 6,631
Scandinavian 4,601 4,572 4,790 4,906 5,246
All other Hispanic or Latino 4,302 4,582 5,129 5,159 5,449
Filipino 4,059 4,099 4,659 5,237 5,729
Burmese 3,660 5,272 5,972 7,091 7,112
British 3,391 3,258 3,726 4,576 5,176
French Canadian 3,382 3,141 2,844 2,409 2,435
Russian 3,277 2,941 2,490 2,117 2,030
Pennsylvania German 3,075 2,949 3,279 2,736 2,298
Swiss 2,998 3,040 3,118 3,159 3,079
Northern European 2,831 2,788 3,013 3,814 4,493
Czechoslovakian 2,730 2,601 2,642 2,850 2,680
Sudanese 2,368 2,252 2,397 2,820 2,962
Belgian 2,333 2,436 2,474 2,507 2,423
Greek 2,218 1,858 1,783 1,732 1,738
Cuban 1,959 1,916 2,217 2,170 2,283
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1,882 2,422 2,913 3,129 3,729
Spaniard 1,854 1,985 2,199 2,145 2,145
Honduran 1,821 1,929 2,262 2,612 3,278
Canadian 1,735 1,578 1,269 871 1,005
Thai 1,608 1,822 1,917 2,541 2,662
Luxembourger 1,502 1,316 1,402 1,259 1,190
Japanese 1,448 1,451 1,500 1,344 1,291
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 1,373 1,677 1,813 2,222 1,909
Croatian 1,306 1,657 1,533 1,327 1,293
Colombian 1,228 1,182 1,270 1,267 1,201
Somali 1,220 1,451 1,612 1,798 1,044
Ecuadorian 1,186 1,251 1,472 1,250 967
Hungarian 1,133 1,089 1,033 921 805
Other Arab 1,094 1,255 1,440 1,316 1,129
Two or more Asian 1,076 1,280 1,461 1,396 1,558
Ukrainian 1,037 1,158 1,259 1,342 1,370
Spanish 999 1,080 1,122 986 789
Lebanese 947 1,051 1,161 1,386 1,347
Pakistani 947 886 744 1,393 1,373
Other Subsaharan African 932 1,302 1,647 2,166 2,557
Other Asian, not specified 910 1,012 917 985 1,343
Austrian 895 812 890 966 993
Eastern European 885 850 1,097 1,552 2,352
Hmong 880 816 992 1,066 527
Serbian 806 676 594 502 454
Haitian 790 862 1,031 1,278 968
Arab 764 454 422 417 833
Nicaraguan 753 812 912 1,024 1,050
Lithuanian 736 764 750 710 627
Finnish 702 671 608 613 578
Taiwanese 701 650 455 424 379
Nepalese 686 577 1,159 1,677 1,651
Liberian 679 921 801 786 699
Ethiopian 676 959 746 819 1,001
Romanian 669 532 455 448 560
Kenyan 662 891 991 820 783
Nigerian 600 612 674 702 761
Iraqi 598 597 685 1,364 1,335
Portuguese 581 528 607 572 437
Peruvian 551 597 782 711 731
Panamanian 541 486 461 497 656
Cambodian 533 558 768 941 1,135
Costa Rican 495 494 392 361 501
Moroccan 466 523 404 422 565
Egyptian 459 501 422 488 556
Dominican 457 533 576 456 524
Argentinean 434 351 424 450 413
Iranian 423 453 376 393 530
Brazilian 402 430 369 399 352
Chilean 384 437 310 329 266
Palestinian 382 375 450 397 408
Slovak 377 405 483 469 494
Other Central American 377 369 139 185 256
Turkish 363 396 265 278 205
Malaysian 354 401 402 367 117
Latvian 342 376 511 418 286
Jamaican 338 504 472 547 553
Australian 328 212 136 137 140
Armenian 321 236 213 134 109
Venezuelan 310 357 463 435 273
Albanian 293 316 223 242 346
Alaska Native tribes 260 268 186 146 102
Paraguayan 249 267 65 97 74
Bulgarian 248 258 291 317 295
Syrian 244 295 353 301 344
Bolivian 242 207 197 189 264
Indonesian 238 154 178 198 184
Slavic 238 221 394 361 303
German Russian 232 232 141 140 81
Bangladeshi 217 254 370 379 346
Israeli 188 266 264 257 169
Sri Lankan 169 220 170 269 147
Icelander 145 121 81 88 74
Celtic 141 90 79 82 84
Slovene 127 123 120 116 224
Cajun 101 105 67 42 30
Ghanaian 98 109 199 199 427
Other South American 92 96 85 82 23
West Indian 91 122 112 163 143
Zimbabwean 89 98 115 88 16
South African 84 83 79 34 125
Uruguayan 84 48 79 24 54
Senegalese 83 27 33 0 0
Belizean 82 97 87 73 113
Guyanese 70 61 50 17 19
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 57 78 73 11 28
Ugandan 54 61 70 131 90
Estonian 54 40 37 8 5
Mongolian 47 68 31 17 74
Maltese 44 37 32 30 11
Alsatian 41 39 55 69 70
Bhutanese 41 164 284 356 475
Jordanian 37 35 43 91 114
New Zealander 31 50 38 11 10
Cypriot 29 19 2 16 14
Basque 23 24 18 19 14
Afghan 22 22 21 118 156
Macedonian 20 11 6 93 128
British West Indian 19 25 19 44 29
Other Asian, specified 19 16 0 0 0
Sierra Leonean 18 16 20 21 4
Bahamian 17 16 23 23 24
Barbadian 17 30 42 58 30
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 16 7 9 8 16
Spanish American 15 0 12 16 22
Cape Verdean 9 7 15 18 20
Carpatho Rusyn 4 3 4 0 0
Bermudan 3 8 11 18 15

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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