North Carolina Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

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

North Carolina Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
White 6,839,831 6,882,915 6,937,466 6,994,240 7,049,919 7,019,443
African American 2,115,338 2,137,131 2,159,427 2,179,622 2,200,761 2,217,522
American 1,105,578 1,076,898 1,041,513 1,015,671 996,239 946,522
Hispanic or Latino 869,908 884,763 914,792 935,950 962,665 991,051
Mexican 518,249 525,071 533,769 538,505 537,963 542,666
English 459,572 449,958 438,244 423,263 407,651 456,752
German 347,901 342,238 334,967 319,550 302,813 297,775
Irish 300,335 291,660 284,325 270,913 258,458 255,838
Some Other Race 292,310 298,795 310,920 307,906 316,763 334,295
Asian 244,076 254,550 269,164 282,264 292,992 308,958
Scotch-Irish 147,597 145,602 143,369 139,191 135,786 129,701
Italian 105,844 108,271 109,386 110,677 106,563 109,033
Scottish 98,357 98,069 98,079 96,311 94,396 89,520
American Indian 96,687 96,759 99,331 103,402 105,269 102,600
European 92,356 99,941 107,685 123,326 141,191 145,191
Puerto Rican 87,863 90,061 96,570 100,881 106,247 112,634
Subsaharan African 86,262 92,714 99,430 99,791 103,827 104,100
Asian Indian 72,627 76,306 85,074 92,752 98,404 105,712
African 61,332 66,032 69,211 69,618 70,417 63,894
Salvadoran 51,678 50,579 51,078 51,246 54,074 53,914
Polish 42,427 42,236 43,230 40,752 40,575 40,121
Chinese 40,726 42,098 43,614 45,871 46,893 47,877
Honduran 39,533 41,845 44,691 45,803 50,639 51,251
French 36,813 35,133 34,386 33,383 31,991 30,936
Guatemalan 31,216 29,419 30,097 29,897 33,262 31,590
British 27,440 28,934 31,005 33,517 35,588 33,429
Dutch 24,447 23,504 21,704 20,335 20,045 18,972
Total Arab 23,470 24,687 25,609 26,940 26,095 29,026
Colombian 21,881 22,509 25,196 24,522 25,004 27,022
Cuban 21,557 23,792 24,303 25,813 27,581 29,804
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 21,444 22,533 23,026 24,719 25,617 27,759
Filipino 20,812 21,303 21,695 22,138 23,168 24,828
Korean 19,951 19,736 19,542 20,487 20,597 22,426
Dominican 18,006 18,264 19,027 22,984 25,823 29,809
Russian 15,629 15,382 15,717 15,673 15,168 14,474
Norwegian 15,033 14,659 14,488 14,483 14,203 13,849
All other Hispanic or Latino 15,004 17,036 19,874 22,263 24,377 31,714
Swedish 14,401 13,559 13,200 12,770 12,151 12,169
French Canadian 13,701 14,370 14,518 14,085 14,417 15,129
Welsh 12,444 12,655 12,872 12,348 12,324 12,303
Greek 12,366 12,646 11,786 11,499 10,959 11,152
Hmong 11,005 11,806 12,141 13,040 14,421 14,232
Jamaican 10,137 10,161 10,237 10,640 11,509 12,437
Ecuadorian 9,660 9,668 8,864 10,119 10,788 10,362
Peruvian 9,433 8,712 10,051 9,401 10,850 10,191
Spaniard 8,471 9,000 9,663 9,955 10,333 12,164
Pakistani 7,551 6,757 6,794 6,721 6,534 8,041
Canadian 7,528 7,595 7,627 7,772 7,054 7,234
Hungarian 7,476 7,874 8,186 8,131 8,168 8,662
Ukrainian 7,372 7,217 7,124 7,631 8,762 9,317
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 6,244 6,588 6,393 6,939 7,213 7,368
Panamanian 6,182 6,733 7,040 8,177 7,473 7,297
Nicaraguan 6,135 6,212 6,715 6,613 7,082 7,402
Laotian 6,001 6,478 6,802 7,014 6,506 5,602
Japanese 5,899 6,225 6,521 7,058 7,186 7,792
Portuguese 5,683 5,204 5,317 5,220 5,225 5,288
Venezuelan 5,609 5,515 6,019 6,438 7,753 7,896
Nigerian 5,316 5,013 5,016 5,782 6,391 8,972
Costa Rican 5,239 4,985 5,417 5,673 6,055 5,431
Northern European 5,079 5,484 5,355 6,209 7,245 7,835
Czech 4,752 4,110 4,064 3,947 4,299 3,911
Romanian 4,750 4,719 4,674 4,294 5,092 4,623
Lebanese 4,614 4,464 4,761 4,724 4,443 5,313
Eastern European 4,414 5,185 6,623 8,313 10,283 11,790
Spanish 4,391 4,851 4,671 4,737 4,821 7,386
Swiss 4,373 4,680 4,446 4,010 4,118 3,761
Danish 4,370 4,245 4,290 4,877 4,694 4,075
Burmese 4,330 5,210 5,643 4,854 4,595 4,831
Other Subsaharan African 4,240 5,400 6,711 6,823 8,379 8,864
Haitian 3,931 4,969 5,536 6,391 6,413 6,809
Two or more Asian 3,874 3,718 3,658 3,823 3,351 3,921
Cambodian 3,816 3,859 4,038 4,346 4,612 5,454
Nepalese 3,769 4,578 5,382 6,166 6,617 5,863
Ethiopian 3,760 4,396 5,340 4,850 4,857 5,927
Argentinean 3,637 4,232 4,804 5,558 4,865 4,856
Arab 3,619 4,314 4,014 4,223 4,484 4,319
Scandinavian 3,572 4,068 4,351 4,706 6,029 6,612
Iranian 3,540 3,593 3,998 4,001 4,466 4,025
Thai 3,318 3,229 3,098 3,380 3,625 4,087
Egyptian 3,313 3,622 4,054 4,347 4,301 5,149
Brazilian 3,275 3,476 3,897 4,249 4,830 4,860
Turkish 3,244 3,191 2,988 2,896 3,416 3,200
Slovak 3,193 2,913 3,021 2,990 3,119 3,029
Yugoslavian 3,193 2,916 2,743 2,703 2,588 2,214
Other Asian, not specified 3,068 4,307 4,982 5,955 5,899 6,398
Austrian 2,832 2,832 2,761 2,669 2,540 2,176
Other Arab 2,739 2,452 3,348 3,725 3,502 3,564
Lithuanian 2,735 2,786 2,662 2,690 2,670 2,675
West Indian 2,707 2,758 2,729 2,976 2,702 3,110
Chilean 2,533 2,814 3,056 3,465 3,271 3,546
Moroccan 2,523 3,347 3,358 3,510 3,224 3,420
Palestinian 2,500 1,993 1,739 2,054 2,222 2,713
Finnish 2,332 2,391 2,384 2,477 2,542 2,544
Ghanaian 2,292 2,296 2,484 3,264 2,832 3,068
Jordanian 2,257 2,618 2,298 2,079 1,707 2,003
Liberian 2,003 2,611 2,698 2,558 2,507 3,436
Czechoslovakian 1,967 1,814 1,784 1,665 1,810 1,479
Croatian 1,948 2,041 2,104 2,145 1,872 1,508
Taiwanese 1,868 1,942 1,795 1,739 1,766 1,898
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 1,806 1,615 1,790 1,886 1,762 1,917
Belgian 1,675 1,608 1,734 1,719 1,649 1,443
Somali 1,547 1,268 1,493 888 1,245 1,517
Pennsylvania German 1,498 1,503 1,348 1,198 973 1,079
Guyanese 1,447 1,517 1,632 1,704 1,796 1,150
South African 1,421 1,361 1,404 1,225 1,159 1,223
Uruguayan 1,334 1,308 1,582 1,553 1,751 1,399
Bulgarian 1,310 1,152 1,172 1,072 1,068 1,081
Serbian 1,283 1,221 1,077 1,270 1,158 1,070
Kenyan 1,160 1,282 1,463 1,524 1,787 2,275
Sudanese 1,144 1,080 1,364 1,624 2,249 2,798
Israeli 1,101 988 976 1,131 939 656
Syrian 1,030 1,118 1,148 1,312 1,470 1,366
Indonesian 985 941 857 836 1,352 1,019
Albanian 975 1,025 1,123 1,203 997 949
Armenian 937 1,165 1,240 1,260 1,217 1,240
Slavic 908 867 832 825 934 1,121
Sri Lankan 882 836 824 503 750 813
Iraqi 875 759 889 966 742 1,179
Australian 839 1,041 917 919 968 786
Belizean 822 885 389 319 277 375
Cajun 774 681 693 582 428 424
Bolivian 737 801 843 797 841 985
Slovene 733 628 636 596 677 591
Bangladeshi 669 784 995 1,064 1,417 1,712
British West Indian 653 717 896 676 1,063 1,219
Afghan 626 731 771 722 725 539
Celtic 619 769 938 1,024 989 878
Latvian 582 564 494 501 532 386
Malaysian 580 641 571 243 175 154
Sierra Leonean 580 569 828 488 738 660
Other Central American 557 471 456 656 1,036 803
Barbadian 550 547 601 838 822 834
Alaska Native tribes 536 625 478 453 546 362
Bahamian 516 621 534 611 580 524
Other South American 509 447 433 338 196 497
Cape Verdean 489 432 303 370 302 255
Senegalese 439 479 472 182 216 412
Icelander 403 342 247 270 202 240
German Russian 364 400 459 501 429 156
Paraguayan 312 330 481 475 465 350
Zimbabwean 294 238 252 338 254 262
Ugandan 245 257 391 257 494 537
Maltese 221 142 136 135 178 132
Macedonian 218 236 224 257 271 263
Estonian 212 200 212 190 145 142
Spanish American 182 108 92 81 115 82
New Zealander 153 150 203 281 297 252
United States Virgin Islander 141 73 104 149 275 298
Dutch West Indian 131 104 113 141 101 95
Bhutanese 122 327 773 768 1,099 1,290
Luxembourger 111 102 117 116 177 174
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 86 78 103 102 109 31
Basque 77 110 85 125 97 76
Alsatian 52 62 63 97 80 45
Okinawan 49 79 111 91 74 88
Carpatho Rusyn 35 25 44 57 53 33
Soviet Union 30 38 45 36 33 12
Cypriot 28 25 12 21 109 120
Other Asian, specified 26 34 57 58 126 522
Mongolian 25 142 160 211 344 351
Bermudan 25 62 91 82 101 87
Other West Indian 25 21 6 10 12 54

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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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