Rhode Island Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

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

Rhode Island Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
White 854,859 854,026 854,801 854,502 850,597
Hispanic or Latino 143,788 148,375 153,910 158,858 163,226
Italian 84,693 82,745 78,575 74,014 70,913
African American 68,243 68,886 68,346 69,254 71,561
Some Other Race 61,085 61,218 59,967 58,136 57,807
Irish 57,892 56,366 55,010 52,924 50,084
Portuguese 48,748 47,699 44,648 43,446 42,990
Dominican 43,827 47,278 49,647 52,340 52,437
Puerto Rican 37,189 37,601 38,860 42,033 44,552
Asian 34,213 34,598 35,556 35,663 35,958
French 30,848 28,648 28,090 26,014 24,772
English 28,068 25,954 24,972 24,726 24,219
French Canadian 26,786 27,172 26,889 25,924 25,394
Guatemalan 24,636 23,408 23,292 22,196 21,904
Subsaharan African 23,809 23,858 24,471 25,113 25,152
American 23,186 23,186 23,000 24,206 25,305
Cape Verdean 14,606 14,550 15,022 14,759 14,191
Polish 11,515 11,710 10,932 10,248 9,579
German 11,321 10,570 10,008 9,225 8,863
Mexican 10,432 10,654 10,623 11,123 11,534
Colombian 8,525 8,766 9,627 9,391 9,088
Chinese 8,375 8,339 8,783 8,762 8,332
Cambodian 5,740 5,024 5,616 5,699 5,799
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 5,629 5,908 6,535 6,410 6,449
Asian Indian 5,362 5,971 6,826 7,410 8,151
Total Arab 5,251 5,308 4,670 4,716 5,118
Scottish 4,476 4,006 3,773 3,739 3,459
Russian 3,956 3,713 3,327 3,143 2,637
European 3,839 4,012 4,473 5,264 5,694
African 3,747 3,458 3,435 4,084 4,082
American Indian 3,737 3,542 3,584 3,650 3,424
Salvadoran 3,561 4,159 4,502 4,218 4,288
Swedish 3,387 3,477 3,280 3,394 2,999
Haitian 3,246 3,620 3,876 4,015 3,720
All other Hispanic or Latino 3,163 3,350 2,790 2,774 3,707
Bolivian 3,039 2,868 3,594 3,314 3,158
Greek 3,025 2,938 2,929 2,752 2,950
Filipino 2,980 2,957 2,662 2,639 2,526
Armenian 2,809 2,528 2,247 2,391 2,134
Laotian 2,696 2,661 2,451 2,207 1,772
Liberian 2,570 2,899 2,739 2,369 2,409
Canadian 2,083 1,714 1,527 1,509 1,684
British 1,899 1,777 1,956 1,939 2,058
Lebanese 1,790 1,911 1,506 1,512 1,482
Scotch-Irish 1,775 1,726 1,790 1,628 1,445
Korean 1,597 1,725 1,716 1,782 1,630
Cuban 1,593 1,931 2,073 1,953 2,168
Peruvian 1,528 1,462 1,439 1,417 1,215
Eastern European 1,470 1,280 1,236 1,409 1,535
Brazilian 1,450 1,067 1,075 1,191 1,117
Jamaican 1,323 1,238 1,540 1,386 1,678
Nigerian 1,297 1,629 2,022 2,459 2,851
Dutch 1,202 1,122 954 791 534
Lithuanian 1,194 992 1,071 1,006 969
Spaniard 1,144 1,285 1,403 1,430 1,513
Honduran 1,133 1,031 1,100 1,511 1,732
Syrian 1,080 973 777 830 890
Ukrainian 1,068 858 991 983 1,013
Norwegian 1,061 922 939 877 888
Arab 949 1,098 971 753 701
Ecuadorian 916 1,203 1,181 1,189 1,304
Japanese 821 975 872 822 925
Two or more Asian 746 741 736 861 966
Hmong 652 518 502 627 944
Venezuelan 627 579 587 567 573
Northern European 621 589 561 484 370
Hungarian 556 584 627 519 485
Pakistani 537 635 762 775 653
Argentinean 518 555 659 668 757
Romanian 513 493 485 585 613
Egyptian 479 509 426 312 556
Czech 478 596 360 351 285
Nepalese 456 499 464 326 253
Other Subsaharan African 450 422 392 556 801
Austrian 447 447 464 375 311
Turkish 438 399 555 449 412
Welsh 428 431 433 454 396
Spanish 416 621 773 908 913
Ghanaian 405 337 308 251 145
Senegalese 390 148 122 102 96
Taiwanese 390 355 427 406 557
Burmese 382 469 318 139 343
Thai 380 381 422 433 429
Nicaraguan 374 309 444 525 582
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 373 575 759 863 810
Other Arab 367 409 346 602 737
Finnish 365 346 302 268 287
Panamanian 349 417 436 541 879
West Indian 348 348 342 326 292
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 340 167 208 210 178
Scandinavian 335 258 220 473 542
Bangladeshi 329 268 229 34 87
Swiss 309 315 294 337 268
Other Asian, not specified 303 463 421 426 590
Slovak 269 265 300 252 248
Danish 251 227 292 343 369
Iranian 247 290 334 306 284
Yugoslavian 245 146 147 128 138
Costa Rican 233 242 192 143 179
Jordanian 210 58 240 311 271
Uruguayan 202 88 85 62 129
Albanian 202 214 362 509 575
Croatian 200 215 134 94 144
Moroccan 197 153 155 204 181
Chilean 196 346 373 400 461
Belgian 191 193 136 104 144
Bulgarian 171 191 184 149 248
Iraqi 167 171 230 164 258
Kenyan 160 176 201 267 294
Latvian 148 108 47 38 18
Other Central American 133 183 180 138 124
British West Indian 119 128 210 249 347
Celtic 109 80 73 69 88
South African 99 50 37 12 16
Barbadian 95 174 187 121 115
Afghan 94 30 0 0 0
Israeli 93 117 91 89 85
Guyanese 87 146 96 183 192
Slavic 85 87 90 46 56
Australian 85 109 81 73 135
Belizean 77 137 87 45 61
Ethiopian 76 162 160 152 152
Bhutanese 75 165 95 96 98
Czechoslovakian 71 73 98 112 97
Indonesian 62 46 27 112 100
Basque 62 31 35 37 36
Mongolian 61 16 9 9 0
Cajun 61 48 51 45 64
Bermudan 56 71 45 26 24
Malaysian 42 49 29 25 13
Icelander 42 66 36 79 72
Soviet Union 42 31 40 41 0
Spanish American 31 39 50 16 28
Pennsylvania German 28 17 38 24 56
Other Asian, specified 26 25 28 0 0
Maltese 25 24 16 19 32
Sri Lankan 24 49 40 37 42
New Zealander 21 22 15 16 0
Estonian 21 31 45 26 23
Luxembourger 20 19 3 3 5
Bahamian 19 19 5 0 0
Slovene 17 21 21 8 7
Paraguayan 13 0 0 0 0
Serbian 12 9 0 0 0
Palestinian 12 26 19 28 42
Alaska Native tribes 10 12 17 7 11
Other South American 10 0 0 1 1
Zimbabwean 9 8 8 6 5
German Russian 7 0 0 0 0
United States Virgin Islander 6 6 35 32 34

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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