Kentucky Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

Below, we'll show you the full list of different ancestries reported in Kentucky for the past 6 years. These start from the latest figures from the Census Bureau for 2020, 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.

Kentucky Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
White 3,851,591 3,859,516 3,862,600 3,866,676 3,868,479 3,848,305
American 831,120 768,556 724,069 673,215 633,963 584,671
African American 347,034 350,242 353,088 354,112 358,928 361,230
German 248,157 245,416 236,494 227,926 216,234 214,141
English 231,447 227,050 223,821 224,474 223,433 255,887
Irish 195,561 191,794 185,705 183,721 174,920 171,042
Hispanic or Latino 143,481 146,945 152,072 158,744 162,994 167,949
Mexican 83,848 85,029 87,146 89,217 91,325 90,537
Asian 55,483 57,084 59,593 62,802 65,191 68,139
Some Other Race 41,149 40,674 41,197 44,086 43,601 48,165
Scottish 36,165 35,956 35,768 36,230 35,029 33,695
European 35,436 41,376 48,611 58,406 71,261 71,763
Scotch-Irish 33,304 33,301 32,656 32,610 31,721 31,654
Subsaharan African 31,981 29,939 28,213 26,425 26,369 30,099
Italian 30,798 29,205 29,832 29,149 28,875 30,218
African 24,646 21,530 17,511 15,367 15,132 17,216
French 17,094 17,100 16,979 16,467 15,704 14,774
Puerto Rican 14,238 15,175 16,306 16,794 16,039 16,993
Asian Indian 13,068 13,605 14,208 15,312 16,805 17,579
Cuban 12,143 12,825 13,441 14,355 15,885 18,415
Polish 11,922 12,356 12,399 12,253 12,045 10,853
Dutch 10,558 10,714 10,326 9,687 9,412 9,337
Chinese 10,143 9,387 9,315 9,577 9,925 10,199
Total Arab 10,110 10,577 10,049 10,250 10,909 11,110
British 9,693 10,260 11,229 12,448 13,978 13,430
Guatemalan 8,548 8,912 9,428 9,664 9,242 8,973
American Indian 6,386 6,779 6,916 7,256 6,775 5,853
Welsh 6,249 6,748 7,053 7,143 6,888 7,015
Filipino 5,368 5,633 6,205 6,834 6,934 6,343
Swedish 5,025 4,810 4,747 4,602 4,187 4,187
Norwegian 4,861 5,212 5,026 5,090 4,955 5,136
Korean 4,594 4,829 5,060 5,352 5,505 5,526
Japanese 4,327 4,428 4,043 4,052 4,250 3,997
Yugoslavian 4,209 4,741 4,644 4,493 4,232 3,962
All other Hispanic or Latino 3,916 4,211 4,455 4,798 4,726 5,754
Russian 3,758 3,904 4,226 4,352 4,373 4,541
French Canadian 3,576 3,499 3,620 3,528 3,692 2,975
Swiss 3,539 3,476 3,139 3,177 3,006 2,773
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 3,279 3,289 3,351 3,137 3,202 3,600
Burmese 2,944 3,147 2,768 3,322 3,213 3,981
Salvadoran 2,914 2,947 3,404 4,064 3,843 3,415
Greek 2,807 2,915 2,738 2,432 2,365 2,287
Somali 2,741 3,304 3,263 3,687 3,353 3,471
Other Arab 2,700 2,923 2,708 3,201 3,333 2,636
Hungarian 2,639 2,619 2,416 2,226 2,365 2,261
Honduran 2,629 2,899 3,385 4,455 5,691 6,320
Arab 2,559 2,532 2,260 2,233 2,278 1,959
Colombian 2,485 2,241 2,659 2,782 2,700 2,601
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2,197 2,584 2,271 2,814 3,182 3,033
Spaniard 2,143 2,413 2,232 2,391 2,845 2,842
Dominican 1,797 1,595 1,372 1,287 1,122 1,570
Peruvian 1,794 1,526 1,582 1,562 1,741 1,888
Ukrainian 1,772 1,673 1,466 1,502 1,721 1,995
Iraqi 1,637 1,754 1,576 1,067 1,354 1,884
Canadian 1,622 1,614 1,648 1,470 1,568 1,857
Czech 1,595 1,513 1,381 1,261 1,090 1,225
Iranian 1,587 1,675 1,621 1,567 1,363 1,710
Northern European 1,499 1,453 1,572 2,245 2,475 2,745
Panamanian 1,441 1,151 1,002 1,109 871 1,200
Lebanese 1,417 1,478 1,582 1,451 1,371 1,710
Danish 1,407 1,638 1,744 1,761 1,710 1,349
Nepalese 1,403 2,482 3,215 2,810 2,898 3,356
Cambodian 1,391 1,138 1,461 1,597 1,482 1,847
Scandinavian 1,302 1,270 1,569 2,309 2,622 2,928
Pennsylvania German 1,210 1,561 1,829 1,882 2,096 1,872
Thai 1,199 1,183 1,528 1,721 1,729 1,592
Pakistani 1,183 1,504 1,479 1,255 1,308 1,218
Spanish 1,175 1,044 990 1,164 1,458 1,822
Other Subsaharan African 999 1,293 2,987 2,666 2,947 4,275
Romanian 971 739 711 606 563 431
Eastern European 963 1,114 1,844 2,394 3,434 3,656
Two or more Asian 953 1,029 885 864 1,099 1,172
Portuguese 941 1,130 1,013 1,172 1,166 1,677
Haitian 938 1,075 1,671 1,263 1,102 1,254
Czechoslovakian 907 801 739 671 602 536
Jamaican 888 901 708 935 842 971
Venezuelan 869 929 1,124 1,266 1,570 1,670
Austrian 857 848 941 989 1,073 829
Slovak 852 779 850 737 743 719
Turkish 850 816 895 826 1,088 765
Ecuadorian 760 876 822 693 644 840
Nigerian 725 915 1,157 1,457 1,586 1,629
Albanian 720 613 638 702 828 694
Finnish 718 659 641 528 564 617
Lithuanian 711 785 857 848 784 739
Liberian 631 793 685 559 531 556
Belgian 627 690 751 817 804 871
Other Asian, not specified 624 688 917 1,075 1,498 2,192
Costa Rican 618 858 737 646 663 642
Bhutanese 612 596 591 758 774 633
Argentinean 588 664 707 764 705 822
Moroccan 563 445 575 674 631 909
Ethiopian 550 509 612 566 742 794
Laotian 526 625 857 629 564 498
Nicaraguan 519 441 447 461 546 528
Egyptian 490 511 448 557 498 536
Bulgarian 469 439 539 312 385 344
West Indian 468 447 356 316 214 371
Chilean 424 485 520 557 590 495
Croatian 419 371 386 464 510 574
Palestinian 414 438 451 423 480 564
Ghanaian 414 451 469 551 519 451
Spanish American 409 450 30 30 59 34
Sudanese 381 264 371 350 511 494
Armenian 374 413 259 257 172 256
Kenyan 368 251 223 229 166 110
Brazilian 296 401 420 434 409 383
Celtic 289 270 274 255 254 207
British West Indian 285 260 72 213 328 337
Taiwanese 277 244 288 415 527 914
Syrian 271 256 203 245 216 209
Israeli 261 200 184 152 91 119
Serbian 254 342 407 466 498 614
Australian 232 243 155 178 194 277
South African 231 295 558 492 410 504
Slavic 227 218 232 220 404 358
Slovene 225 231 230 197 212 341
Sri Lankan 218 263 182 193 176 219
Indonesian 200 301 295 324 212 268
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 178 132 138 152 263 259
Afghan 177 324 494 541 526 470
Zimbabwean 173 205 85 41 38 16
Cajun 170 182 262 220 184 172
Latvian 166 106 125 134 105 343
Bangladeshi 163 118 124 91 92 74
Hmong 154 37 34 53 277 385
Bahamian 125 92 116 57 69 121
Guyanese 104 169 176 195 87 101
Basque 103 59 64 69 95 35
Bermudan 98 58 49 39 43 0
Dutch West Indian 86 80 91 36 48 36
United States Virgin Islander 85 84 0 0 23 32
Bolivian 79 85 88 275 285 195
Paraguayan 69 59 62 66 80 52
Uruguayan 69 62 48 56 29 22
Icelander 67 78 61 33 48 46
Maltese 66 23 26 23 30 29
Barbadian 64 87 71 82 95 91
Alaska Native tribes 63 92 56 164 174 94
Ugandan 63 57 78 106 98 127
Jordanian 59 240 246 399 748 703
Belizean 55 66 72 38 175 128
Macedonian 53 42 42 60 46 30
Cape Verdean 49 49 53 45 36 66
Cypriot 43 51 35 9 0 0
Mongolian 42 38 46 59 56 46
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 25 64 43 61 60 39
Estonian 25 12 0 0 0 0
Malaysian 23 20 27 33 37 43
German Russian 23 28 63 54 54 41
New Zealander 21 21 22 21 34 13
Alsatian 12 9 11 11 51 49
Senegalese 10 23 161 293 285 381
Other West Indian 9 7 7 6 0 0
Soviet Union 8 7 5 14 11 10
Other Central American 6 57 73 93 141 162

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 2020.

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