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 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.

Massachusetts Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
White 5,334,859 5,343,665 5,358,373 5,360,006 5,348,538 5,261,787
Hispanic or Latino 707,928 731,739 760,177 789,127 809,179 828,140
Irish 501,708 487,841 479,851 463,919 445,748 443,124
African American 478,947 489,233 499,774 510,558 522,357 513,369
Asian 400,675 411,736 426,225 442,574 452,436 466,044
Italian 320,506 310,947 299,246 289,212 274,005 267,231
Puerto Rican 297,089 304,770 313,855 322,256 327,501 325,186
Some Other Race 281,595 278,562 278,835 284,740 286,619 286,774
American 220,899 210,555 200,914 194,054 193,382 194,750
English 171,033 163,494 155,469 146,276 139,936 137,686
Portuguese 166,156 160,786 155,703 151,606 148,103 143,681
Chinese 144,633 149,029 154,498 160,005 162,408 168,453
Dominican 130,264 137,182 146,791 150,188 153,773 157,444
French 110,097 102,923 96,921 90,726 84,604 76,211
French Canadian 109,744 109,008 108,014 104,710 100,377 93,339
Subsaharan African 102,818 107,466 116,627 121,591 122,741 123,557
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 100,584 105,244 108,834 111,616 112,763 109,740
Polish 95,695 91,940 89,821 84,287 83,105 79,598
Asian Indian 86,775 93,441 98,190 106,049 110,630 116,927
German 76,196 74,234 72,446 69,216 65,297 62,666
Haitian 65,454 67,351 68,978 72,053 73,673 71,305
Brazilian 56,067 56,978 62,228 67,020 72,955 65,833
European 54,509 57,561 60,441 65,508 66,599 63,265
Salvadoran 50,587 53,946 56,063 58,665 63,516 65,729
Cape Verdean 48,876 50,063 54,839 54,856 55,536 55,022
Russian 48,011 45,304 42,724 41,643 39,750 37,269
Total Arab 43,287 44,174 43,719 45,059 42,234 41,754
Mexican 42,031 45,175 45,635 47,911 48,777 47,720
Guatemalan 41,711 39,984 42,092 44,902 45,235 44,111
Greek 40,015 39,345 38,371 37,786 35,614 34,035
Scottish 36,871 36,001 35,519 34,112 32,412 31,038
Colombian 30,561 32,234 34,524 36,643 36,559 35,489
Cambodian 29,526 28,732 29,330 30,079 28,800 27,308
Korean 26,421 24,687 24,617 24,319 25,291 24,194
Swedish 23,133 21,990 21,870 19,923 18,747 18,660
Canadian 21,641 19,762 18,662 19,189 17,896 17,161
Jamaican 19,286 21,518 22,974 22,542 23,138 23,646
African 18,629 20,136 21,072 22,025 24,830 24,987
All other Hispanic or Latino 18,480 19,395 20,132 22,255 26,183 42,476
Honduran 17,529 17,474 16,381 17,196 16,883 16,717
Armenian 16,644 15,464 15,774 14,890 14,608 14,175
Eastern European 16,550 17,203 18,185 20,479 22,413 22,167
Scotch-Irish 16,411 16,011 15,222 14,792 14,875 14,533
British 14,953 15,890 16,409 17,301 18,407 17,299
Lebanese 14,471 13,495 13,026 13,336 12,452 12,960
Lithuanian 13,938 12,990 12,282 11,601 11,527 11,218
Albanian 13,614 13,949 13,242 13,206 12,854 13,010
Cuban 12,231 12,825 13,755 13,344 14,906 15,985
Filipino 12,219 12,772 13,540 13,955 14,822 14,585
Peruvian 11,764 12,128 11,529 11,399 10,374 9,773
Ukrainian 10,282 10,599 10,751 10,812 11,088 11,136
Spaniard 10,275 10,835 10,912 11,978 12,059 12,034
Japanese 10,119 10,259 10,732 9,700 9,835 9,817
Ecuadorian 9,844 10,799 11,996 13,746 14,927 15,413
Two or more Asian 9,069 8,681 9,595 9,038 9,103 10,501
Dutch 9,064 9,274 9,119 8,146 7,714 6,976
Norwegian 8,627 8,042 8,224 8,423 7,619 7,517
American Indian 7,953 8,246 8,537 8,708 9,052 9,013
Nigerian 6,757 6,568 7,834 8,753 9,102 10,833
Other Arab 6,737 6,815 7,431 7,371 7,442 7,639
Moroccan 6,199 6,738 6,446 6,420 6,128 6,118
Finnish 6,167 6,267 6,288 6,043 5,607 5,116
Pakistani 5,979 7,216 7,670 8,466 8,297 9,272
Iranian 5,814 6,254 5,711 6,084 5,897 6,749
Romanian 5,757 5,732 5,593 5,119 4,899 4,604
Nepalese 5,601 6,194 6,211 6,444 6,403 5,867
Kenyan 5,538 5,413 5,236 5,583 5,411 4,281
Spanish 5,534 4,998 5,101 4,901 4,732 6,079
Northern European 5,308 5,364 5,661 6,711 7,418 6,987
Venezuelan 5,227 5,362 6,582 8,088 7,230 6,333
Turkish 4,944 5,821 6,162 6,497 6,176 5,862
Argentinean 4,898 5,163 5,093 5,522 6,009 5,625
Arab 4,888 5,109 4,811 5,479 4,560 3,590
Ethiopian 4,811 5,082 5,844 5,526 5,403 4,520
Hungarian 4,731 4,546 4,433 4,732 4,763 4,556
West Indian 4,728 5,373 5,708 5,529 4,509 3,443
Taiwanese 4,603 4,576 4,643 4,707 4,400 4,919
Chilean 4,567 4,600 4,500 4,312 3,920 3,485
Ghanaian 4,515 4,994 5,014 5,321 5,502 7,253
Egyptian 4,269 4,612 4,498 4,937 5,048 4,512
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 4,239 4,188 4,248 4,173 4,697 4,543
Barbadian 4,034 3,776 3,855 3,912 3,320 3,467
Other Subsaharan African 3,846 4,355 4,912 5,691 5,317 5,197
Welsh 3,791 4,137 3,927 3,843 3,412 3,119
Laotian 3,764 3,903 3,724 3,885 4,126 3,810
Other Asian, not specified 3,623 3,503 3,450 3,560 3,788 4,586
Costa Rican 3,607 3,382 3,068 3,048 3,323 4,072
Austrian 3,457 3,264 2,988 2,791 2,467 2,332
Somali 3,362 3,966 4,409 5,040 3,441 2,680
Thai 3,195 3,279 3,288 3,355 3,451 3,922
Uruguayan 2,897 2,744 2,711 2,763 2,290 2,512
Bulgarian 2,891 2,862 3,313 4,087 3,563 3,608
Danish 2,838 2,929 2,830 2,554 2,461 2,582
Panamanian 2,835 2,579 2,930 3,038 3,100 3,095
Syrian 2,813 2,777 2,798 2,742 2,390 2,310
Czech 2,713 2,861 2,995 2,898 2,897 2,472
Scandinavian 2,682 2,888 2,845 3,072 3,175 3,424
Bangladeshi 2,496 2,701 3,203 2,845 3,278 3,584
Swiss 2,429 2,384 2,591 2,561 2,494 1,988
Ugandan 2,395 2,612 3,310 3,764 3,319 3,890
Yugoslavian 2,386 2,494 2,075 1,779 1,967 1,607
Israeli 2,156 2,133 2,037 1,961 1,942 2,050
Iraqi 2,127 2,595 2,688 2,976 2,402 2,494
British West Indian 2,076 2,090 1,933 2,177 2,341 2,381
Bolivian 1,903 1,942 2,311 2,120 1,946 1,973
Latvian 1,690 1,670 1,598 1,348 1,296 1,341
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1,644 2,002 2,253 2,329 2,804 2,786
Slovak 1,612 1,730 1,840 1,726 1,669 1,814
Nicaraguan 1,595 1,769 1,785 1,827 1,936 2,302
Other Central American 1,421 1,323 1,335 1,928 2,848 2,895
Guyanese 1,402 1,514 1,499 1,290 1,188 814
Belgian 1,255 1,196 1,302 1,314 1,339 1,346
Liberian 1,241 1,551 1,644 2,370 2,483 2,457
Serbian 1,152 1,167 1,498 1,588 1,808 2,113
South African 1,148 987 901 882 929 782
Indonesian 1,132 1,420 1,553 1,473 1,749 2,101
Australian 1,102 1,008 966 938 805 834
Sri Lankan 1,089 1,264 1,503 1,633 1,653 1,971
Palestinian 1,022 1,253 1,362 1,240 1,214 1,555
Bhutanese 932 847 676 649 649 266
Croatian 923 902 1,098 1,127 1,190 1,231
Czechoslovakian 900 927 853 746 675 726
Hmong 862 836 636 614 599 859
Afghan 848 780 871 590 595 503
Celtic 796 829 699 615 868 801
Jordanian 761 780 659 558 598 576
Slavic 652 763 688 616 640 686
Sudanese 613 682 740 915 744 703
Burmese 577 748 816 870 771 1,089
Estonian 522 532 507 512 412 374
Malaysian 512 495 564 664 763 699
Zimbabwean 472 513 508 478 306 212
Sierra Leonean 461 458 268 220 266 612
Paraguayan 456 545 535 523 627 756
Slovene 443 375 347 401 358 314
Other South American 442 395 423 418 467 860
Cajun 364 274 275 311 208 135
Macedonian 302 259 215 142 198 198
Pennsylvania German 298 308 259 324 369 280
Icelander 273 311 335 304 300 277
New Zealander 242 242 239 257 304 274
United States Virgin Islander 205 215 331 336 312 299
Belizean 194 194 226 184 141 145
Maltese 181 114 105 101 120 151
Spanish American 180 190 138 156 58 76
Mongolian 175 209 140 155 208 211
Bermudan 169 144 122 102 117 127
Alaska Native tribes 159 241 223 180 135 155
Senegalese 154 86 96 167 152 128
Other Asian, specified 115 213 174 204 236 644
Cypriot 102 103 105 116 144 185
Basque 101 133 147 166 164 93
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 98 113 101 140 179 188
Bahamian 82 230 262 400 333 202
Alsatian 78 53 73 72 27 33
Dutch West Indian 69 110 115 90 73 92
Soviet Union 64 36 50 70 65 68
Luxembourger 54 44 49 41 43 6
Carpatho Rusyn 48 29 16 22 34 17
Other West Indian 48 55 82 118 109 90
Okinawan 18 20 0 0 0 0

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