Pennsylvania Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

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

Pennsylvania Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
White 10,430,142 10,402,743 10,378,174 10,341,442 10,300,602 10,155,004
African American 1,403,143 1,410,563 1,417,611 1,423,319 1,430,664 1,419,582
German 1,214,777 1,172,106 1,124,614 1,069,908 1,014,729 982,220
Hispanic or Latino 815,538 843,164 874,833 905,156 935,216 971,813
Italian 571,822 553,624 535,172 514,757 487,913 467,819
American 570,858 542,577 518,171 505,608 489,761 484,059
Irish 556,034 533,590 512,948 490,854 467,825 459,055
Puerto Rican 422,154 431,155 438,964 452,100 463,341 468,114
Asian 392,595 401,979 417,525 427,892 436,324 449,320
Polish 266,763 259,812 252,128 243,928 235,111 223,630
Some Other Race 253,070 253,514 251,215 258,694 275,177 312,888
English 247,474 235,512 226,366 215,934 208,801 222,487
Mexican 141,431 146,348 151,690 152,537 155,969 158,266
Asian Indian 114,874 120,516 125,202 132,080 139,855 141,878
Chinese 100,019 100,926 106,291 107,310 108,538 110,924
Pennsylvania German 98,145 97,091 98,433 98,681 97,350 93,298
Dominican 81,799 88,559 99,345 108,862 118,140 128,851
Subsaharan African 78,522 82,233 88,136 91,952 98,165 101,638
Slovak 73,202 69,948 66,600 62,747 60,398 57,084
European 71,130 74,656 80,079 90,873 103,382 110,566
Russian 61,720 58,568 56,729 52,782 49,854 47,103
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 57,211 59,829 59,979 59,504 58,816 58,758
Scotch-Irish 52,127 49,966 49,525 48,117 47,379 45,242
Scottish 50,820 49,554 49,182 48,520 45,505 42,286
Ukrainian 48,724 48,149 46,937 46,700 45,412 43,392
African 47,540 48,049 52,238 56,625 58,851 59,000
Dutch 42,954 40,895 38,418 36,156 34,149 30,493
Korean 39,803 40,258 41,255 40,037 38,742 37,548
Total Arab 36,925 40,393 41,851 41,448 43,230 42,144
Hungarian 35,785 34,707 33,371 30,790 28,952 27,476
French 30,342 29,944 28,623 27,474 26,441 25,529
Welsh 29,427 28,375 27,559 26,046 25,069 24,163
Greek 26,893 25,940 25,288 25,267 24,776 23,151
Filipino 24,680 24,536 26,848 26,592 27,028 28,200
Swedish 23,891 22,415 22,481 21,172 19,422 18,376
Jamaican 23,568 24,048 25,185 24,228 23,843 24,069
All other Hispanic or Latino 21,409 23,795 24,675 26,806 28,710 32,669
Lithuanian 20,275 19,502 18,546 17,214 16,407 15,652
Cuban 19,358 19,842 21,623 23,409 23,274 23,256
Colombian 19,299 20,077 20,256 21,045 22,443 25,679
Eastern European 18,461 20,277 23,765 28,532 33,731 35,702
Haitian 18,026 20,549 20,244 20,875 20,052 19,610
Guatemalan 17,901 18,782 19,397 19,276 18,855 19,695
British 17,848 18,168 19,425 20,517 22,098 20,560
Swiss 17,823 18,073 17,240 17,713 17,755 16,999
Croatian 16,322 15,478 14,737 13,909 13,320 12,914
American Indian 15,417 16,059 16,599 15,789 15,236 12,454
Cambodian 14,671 14,708 13,823 12,758 12,509 13,449
Ecuadorian 12,811 12,695 13,183 13,487 14,985 14,667
Czech 12,295 11,540 10,976 10,160 9,636 9,269
Norwegian 11,855 12,156 11,891 11,517 11,806 10,923
Austrian 11,562 11,284 10,788 10,739 10,129 8,859
Honduran 11,284 12,092 13,209 13,091 12,660 15,105
Spaniard 11,164 11,308 11,685 11,797 11,653 14,894
Pakistani 10,976 11,310 12,024 12,580 12,562 13,831
Peruvian 10,730 11,525 11,274 11,783 11,259 12,286
Salvadoran 10,216 11,272 12,076 13,526 14,604 16,338
French Canadian 9,849 9,934 10,301 9,805 9,181 8,296
Czechoslovakian 8,559 8,360 8,105 8,017 7,807 7,735
Romanian 8,429 7,898 7,364 7,169 7,160 7,061
Albanian 8,215 8,099 7,745 8,355 8,551 8,219
Liberian 7,684 8,378 8,239 8,446 8,587 8,159
Spanish 7,592 7,630 6,861 6,340 5,690 7,647
Two or more Asian 7,417 8,122 8,536 9,260 9,624 10,946
Lebanese 7,392 7,466 7,250 6,410 6,289 6,231
Portuguese 7,256 7,173 7,192 7,224 7,300 7,636
Japanese 7,236 6,902 6,919 6,557 6,191 5,683
Nigerian 6,682 7,335 7,824 7,043 8,903 10,019
West Indian 6,576 5,957 5,548 5,780 6,631 6,266
Brazilian 6,467 7,280 8,030 9,020 8,787 8,867
Slavic 6,397 5,991 5,211 4,876 4,744 4,976
Syrian 6,097 6,618 6,839 6,963 7,628 7,293
Other Arab 5,930 6,666 6,495 6,643 6,896 7,126
Slovene 5,874 5,285 4,893 4,851 4,689 4,373
Yugoslavian 5,874 5,532 5,152 4,750 4,473 4,841
Serbian 5,847 5,468 4,929 4,966 5,077 5,042
Canadian 5,795 5,724 5,665 5,479 5,363 5,460
Turkish 5,618 5,888 6,125 6,246 6,130 6,118
Argentinean 5,534 5,354 5,836 5,986 6,380 6,656
Northern European 5,237 5,273 5,212 5,604 6,230 5,808
Arab 5,048 5,113 5,672 4,849 4,628 4,035
Egyptian 5,029 5,754 5,759 6,196 6,804 7,597
Nepalese 4,656 6,453 8,136 9,479 9,944 9,674
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 4,596 4,731 4,348 4,122 3,969 4,021
Iranian 4,529 4,773 4,751 5,061 5,276 4,974
Armenian 4,460 4,485 4,628 4,759 4,557 4,173
Other Subsaharan African 4,414 4,962 6,146 6,254 6,804 8,737
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 4,279 4,463 3,665 4,107 4,198 4,268
Bangladeshi 4,044 4,377 4,543 5,691 5,310 5,793
Moroccan 3,960 4,860 5,205 5,221 5,671 4,931
Danish 3,878 3,760 3,970 3,947 3,334 3,271
Chilean 3,866 3,553 3,880 4,052 4,145 4,289
Panamanian 3,847 4,094 4,266 4,858 4,810 4,580
Venezuelan 3,840 4,126 4,712 4,582 4,972 5,434
Other Asian, not specified 3,701 4,130 4,207 4,777 4,977 5,575
Ethiopian 3,216 3,795 3,717 4,277 4,427 4,764
Costa Rican 3,058 3,182 3,243 3,509 4,056 4,300
Nicaraguan 3,005 3,205 3,652 4,016 4,173 4,164
Scandinavian 2,944 2,897 2,982 3,504 4,054 3,848
Thai 2,708 2,580 2,753 2,619 2,929 3,272
Taiwanese 2,643 2,639 2,510 2,927 3,041 3,271
Ghanaian 2,534 2,506 2,791 3,011 3,712 3,349
Guyanese 2,523 2,492 2,817 3,227 2,931 2,548
Belgian 2,507 2,476 2,296 2,357 2,247 1,876
Burmese 2,400 1,858 1,725 2,006 2,243 2,136
Indonesian 2,395 2,387 2,681 2,776 3,260 3,720
Israeli 2,388 2,426 2,563 2,032 2,025 2,304
Laotian 2,340 2,516 2,697 3,380 2,998 2,812
Bulgarian 2,210 2,446 2,280 2,427 2,468 2,377
Finnish 2,209 2,062 1,812 1,814 1,786 1,588
Other South American 2,058 1,636 1,392 882 1,179 566
Bhutanese 2,034 2,256 2,166 2,305 3,229 3,966
Sudanese 1,774 1,459 1,350 989 1,394 945
Barbadian 1,738 1,766 1,838 1,612 1,607 1,538
Latvian 1,645 1,565 1,610 1,497 1,408 1,120
Palestinian 1,513 1,382 1,348 1,623 1,580 1,750
Uruguayan 1,314 1,149 1,479 1,066 1,320 1,585
British West Indian 1,279 1,345 1,327 1,279 1,247 1,574
Kenyan 1,216 1,518 1,731 1,533 1,943 1,980
Iraqi 1,206 1,671 2,385 2,770 2,692 2,221
Hmong 1,152 560 423 495 420 840
Carpatho Rusyn 1,047 901 855 896 826 932
Sri Lankan 1,043 1,258 1,344 1,090 1,169 1,350
Bolivian 989 929 994 905 1,023 1,003
South African 978 1,169 1,138 1,177 1,139 1,032
Australian 976 1,016 945 792 696 730
Afghan 958 1,215 1,266 1,567 1,280 1,463
Sierra Leonean 814 925 897 749 977 1,732
Jordanian 750 863 898 773 1,042 960
Celtic 746 693 827 712 708 735
Malaysian 652 725 651 676 507 615
Macedonian 625 704 614 702 630 545
Somali 524 768 744 702 502 1,031
Other Central American 402 390 699 731 931 608
Mongolian 379 322 504 460 481 484
Ugandan 369 403 307 353 196 186
Paraguayan 349 390 338 402 413 847
Belizean 335 356 396 470 330 335
Senegalese 303 390 386 335 235 294
Bahamian 300 415 569 569 558 819
United States Virgin Islander 295 231 164 214 288 313
Estonian 268 191 249 259 256 196
Bermudan 268 221 218 207 173 120
German Russian 266 212 180 167 81 86
Zimbabwean 243 258 324 235 278 171
Alaska Native tribes 238 285 160 220 279 236
Cape Verdean 231 318 304 223 217 239
Cajun 206 216 216 234 212 200
Alsatian 191 179 134 129 128 106
Basque 163 136 153 130 82 111
Icelander 161 199 278 246 313 291
Other West Indian 154 136 32 90 76 63
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 139 100 157 147 111 99
Maltese 139 122 106 102 276 333
New Zealander 139 77 111 160 199 147
Other Asian, specified 130 125 126 189 177 1,615
Spanish American 128 76 104 108 231 314
Cypriot 100 89 92 74 113 154
Dutch West Indian 76 74 110 58 42 30
Luxembourger 51 38 44 77 98 88
Soviet Union 41 46 82 143 168 114

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 .

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