Massachusetts Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

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

Massachusetts Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
White 5,334,859 5,343,665 5,358,373 5,360,006 5,348,538
Hispanic or Latino 707,928 731,739 760,177 789,127 809,179
Irish 501,708 487,841 479,851 463,919 445,748
African American 478,947 489,233 499,774 510,558 522,357
Asian 400,675 411,736 426,225 442,574 452,436
Italian 320,506 310,947 299,246 289,212 274,005
Puerto Rican 297,089 304,770 313,855 322,256 327,501
Some Other Race 281,595 278,562 278,835 284,740 286,619
American 220,899 210,555 200,914 194,054 193,382
English 171,033 163,494 155,469 146,276 139,936
Portuguese 166,156 160,786 155,703 151,606 148,103
Chinese 144,633 149,029 154,498 160,005 162,408
Dominican 130,264 137,182 146,791 150,188 153,773
French 110,097 102,923 96,921 90,726 84,604
French Canadian 109,744 109,008 108,014 104,710 100,377
Subsaharan African 102,818 107,466 116,627 121,591 122,741
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 100,584 105,244 108,834 111,616 112,763
Polish 95,695 91,940 89,821 84,287 83,105
Asian Indian 86,775 93,441 98,190 106,049 110,630
German 76,196 74,234 72,446 69,216 65,297
Haitian 65,454 67,351 68,978 72,053 73,673
Brazilian 56,067 56,978 62,228 67,020 72,955
European 54,509 57,561 60,441 65,508 66,599
Salvadoran 50,587 53,946 56,063 58,665 63,516
Cape Verdean 48,876 50,063 54,839 54,856 55,536
Russian 48,011 45,304 42,724 41,643 39,750
Total Arab 43,287 44,174 43,719 45,059 42,234
Mexican 42,031 45,175 45,635 47,911 48,777
Guatemalan 41,711 39,984 42,092 44,902 45,235
Greek 40,015 39,345 38,371 37,786 35,614
Scottish 36,871 36,001 35,519 34,112 32,412
Colombian 30,561 32,234 34,524 36,643 36,559
Cambodian 29,526 28,732 29,330 30,079 28,800
Korean 26,421 24,687 24,617 24,319 25,291
Swedish 23,133 21,990 21,870 19,923 18,747
Canadian 21,641 19,762 18,662 19,189 17,896
Jamaican 19,286 21,518 22,974 22,542 23,138
African 18,629 20,136 21,072 22,025 24,830
All other Hispanic or Latino 18,480 19,395 20,132 22,255 26,183
Honduran 17,529 17,474 16,381 17,196 16,883
Armenian 16,644 15,464 15,774 14,890 14,608
Eastern European 16,550 17,203 18,185 20,479 22,413
Scotch-Irish 16,411 16,011 15,222 14,792 14,875
British 14,953 15,890 16,409 17,301 18,407
Lebanese 14,471 13,495 13,026 13,336 12,452
Lithuanian 13,938 12,990 12,282 11,601 11,527
Albanian 13,614 13,949 13,242 13,206 12,854
Cuban 12,231 12,825 13,755 13,344 14,906
Filipino 12,219 12,772 13,540 13,955 14,822
Peruvian 11,764 12,128 11,529 11,399 10,374
Ukrainian 10,282 10,599 10,751 10,812 11,088
Spaniard 10,275 10,835 10,912 11,978 12,059
Japanese 10,119 10,259 10,732 9,700 9,835
Ecuadorian 9,844 10,799 11,996 13,746 14,927
Two or more Asian 9,069 8,681 9,595 9,038 9,103
Dutch 9,064 9,274 9,119 8,146 7,714
Norwegian 8,627 8,042 8,224 8,423 7,619
American Indian 7,953 8,246 8,537 8,708 9,052
Nigerian 6,757 6,568 7,834 8,753 9,102
Other Arab 6,737 6,815 7,431 7,371 7,442
Moroccan 6,199 6,738 6,446 6,420 6,128
Finnish 6,167 6,267 6,288 6,043 5,607
Pakistani 5,979 7,216 7,670 8,466 8,297
Iranian 5,814 6,254 5,711 6,084 5,897
Romanian 5,757 5,732 5,593 5,119 4,899
Nepalese 5,601 6,194 6,211 6,444 6,403
Kenyan 5,538 5,413 5,236 5,583 5,411
Spanish 5,534 4,998 5,101 4,901 4,732
Northern European 5,308 5,364 5,661 6,711 7,418
Venezuelan 5,227 5,362 6,582 8,088 7,230
Turkish 4,944 5,821 6,162 6,497 6,176
Argentinean 4,898 5,163 5,093 5,522 6,009
Arab 4,888 5,109 4,811 5,479 4,560
Ethiopian 4,811 5,082 5,844 5,526 5,403
Hungarian 4,731 4,546 4,433 4,732 4,763
West Indian 4,728 5,373 5,708 5,529 4,509
Taiwanese 4,603 4,576 4,643 4,707 4,400
Chilean 4,567 4,600 4,500 4,312 3,920
Ghanaian 4,515 4,994 5,014 5,321 5,502
Egyptian 4,269 4,612 4,498 4,937 5,048
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 4,239 4,188 4,248 4,173 4,697
Barbadian 4,034 3,776 3,855 3,912 3,320
Other Subsaharan African 3,846 4,355 4,912 5,691 5,317
Welsh 3,791 4,137 3,927 3,843 3,412
Laotian 3,764 3,903 3,724 3,885 4,126
Other Asian, not specified 3,623 3,503 3,450 3,560 3,788
Costa Rican 3,607 3,382 3,068 3,048 3,323
Austrian 3,457 3,264 2,988 2,791 2,467
Somali 3,362 3,966 4,409 5,040 3,441
Thai 3,195 3,279 3,288 3,355 3,451
Uruguayan 2,897 2,744 2,711 2,763 2,290
Bulgarian 2,891 2,862 3,313 4,087 3,563
Danish 2,838 2,929 2,830 2,554 2,461
Panamanian 2,835 2,579 2,930 3,038 3,100
Syrian 2,813 2,777 2,798 2,742 2,390
Czech 2,713 2,861 2,995 2,898 2,897
Scandinavian 2,682 2,888 2,845 3,072 3,175
Bangladeshi 2,496 2,701 3,203 2,845 3,278
Swiss 2,429 2,384 2,591 2,561 2,494
Ugandan 2,395 2,612 3,310 3,764 3,319
Yugoslavian 2,386 2,494 2,075 1,779 1,967
Israeli 2,156 2,133 2,037 1,961 1,942
Iraqi 2,127 2,595 2,688 2,976 2,402
British West Indian 2,076 2,090 1,933 2,177 2,341
Bolivian 1,903 1,942 2,311 2,120 1,946
Latvian 1,690 1,670 1,598 1,348 1,296
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1,644 2,002 2,253 2,329 2,804
Slovak 1,612 1,730 1,840 1,726 1,669
Nicaraguan 1,595 1,769 1,785 1,827 1,936
Other Central American 1,421 1,323 1,335 1,928 2,848
Guyanese 1,402 1,514 1,499 1,290 1,188
Belgian 1,255 1,196 1,302 1,314 1,339
Liberian 1,241 1,551 1,644 2,370 2,483
Serbian 1,152 1,167 1,498 1,588 1,808
South African 1,148 987 901 882 929
Indonesian 1,132 1,420 1,553 1,473 1,749
Australian 1,102 1,008 966 938 805
Sri Lankan 1,089 1,264 1,503 1,633 1,653
Palestinian 1,022 1,253 1,362 1,240 1,214
Bhutanese 932 847 676 649 649
Croatian 923 902 1,098 1,127 1,190
Czechoslovakian 900 927 853 746 675
Hmong 862 836 636 614 599
Afghan 848 780 871 590 595
Celtic 796 829 699 615 868
Jordanian 761 780 659 558 598
Slavic 652 763 688 616 640
Sudanese 613 682 740 915 744
Burmese 577 748 816 870 771
Estonian 522 532 507 512 412
Malaysian 512 495 564 664 763
Zimbabwean 472 513 508 478 306
Sierra Leonean 461 458 268 220 266
Paraguayan 456 545 535 523 627
Slovene 443 375 347 401 358
Other South American 442 395 423 418 467
Cajun 364 274 275 311 208
Macedonian 302 259 215 142 198
Pennsylvania German 298 308 259 324 369
Icelander 273 311 335 304 300
New Zealander 242 242 239 257 304
United States Virgin Islander 205 215 331 336 312
Belizean 194 194 226 184 141
Maltese 181 114 105 101 120
Spanish American 180 190 138 156 58
Mongolian 175 209 140 155 208
Bermudan 169 144 122 102 117
Alaska Native tribes 159 241 223 180 135
Senegalese 154 86 96 167 152
Other Asian, specified 115 213 174 204 236
Cypriot 102 103 105 116 144
Basque 101 133 147 166 164
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 98 113 101 140 179
Bahamian 82 230 262 400 333
Alsatian 78 53 73 72 27
Dutch West Indian 69 110 115 90 73
Soviet Union 64 36 50 70 65
Luxembourger 54 44 49 41 43
Other West Indian 48 55 82 118 109
Carpatho Rusyn 48 29 16 22 34
Okinawan 18 20 0 0 0

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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