Tennessee Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

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

Tennessee Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
White 5,059,894 5,096,733 5,131,786 5,166,231 5,205,132
African American 1,091,070 1,100,577 1,107,392 1,117,489 1,124,473
American 1,022,547 975,191 928,466 879,953 834,439
Hispanic or Latino 320,090 327,345 340,063 352,402 364,174
English 308,152 294,763 276,024 264,516 257,600
Irish 255,408 243,364 232,314 222,799 208,512
German 214,313 210,237 204,578 196,110 185,606
Mexican 205,957 210,364 217,104 217,557 222,154
Asian 102,027 105,368 110,605 112,915 117,600
Some Other Race 96,739 90,065 88,745 90,666 92,655
Scotch-Irish 85,500 84,947 83,384 79,403 78,964
Subsaharan African 61,047 62,644 63,938 66,113 67,897
Scottish 59,093 59,629 58,476 58,164 56,206
European 58,722 68,383 80,180 93,870 111,470
Italian 51,861 50,667 50,066 51,591 49,338
African 43,871 45,562 45,607 47,533 49,083
French 26,728 26,630 26,168 25,286 23,639
Total Arab 26,182 27,572 29,274 31,217 30,824
Puerto Rican 26,105 27,979 28,832 32,054 32,134
Asian Indian 25,668 27,289 28,740 28,631 30,240
Polish 21,802 22,002 22,670 22,140 22,571
Guatemalan 18,241 17,060 16,892 17,929 22,193
Dutch 16,449 16,500 15,436 15,445 15,210
Chinese 16,339 16,420 18,658 18,881 20,199
British 15,836 16,003 17,225 20,423 23,568
American Indian 12,714 13,501 12,447 12,212 12,716
Salvadoran 11,552 10,202 12,269 14,383 15,266
Norwegian 11,436 11,156 11,128 11,566 10,666
Cuban 11,257 11,253 11,372 11,509 12,044
Honduran 10,970 12,334 13,667 16,306 16,903
Korean 10,507 11,159 10,913 10,583 10,974
Filipino 10,323 10,918 11,982 12,562 12,348
Welsh 9,945 10,272 10,028 10,285 9,863
Swedish 9,208 8,901 7,868 7,600 6,821
French Canadian 8,563 7,964 8,007 7,181 7,078
Egyptian 7,623 8,006 8,620 10,056 10,770
All other Hispanic or Latino 7,526 7,315 7,949 9,531 10,476
Russian 7,354 6,923 6,575 6,942 6,925
Laotian 7,190 7,126 6,700 6,594 6,970
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 6,632 7,572 7,331 7,152 7,479
Arab 5,906 5,410 5,308 4,833 3,702
Other Arab 5,242 6,263 7,401 8,679 8,763
Colombian 5,136 5,477 5,912 5,419 5,469
Japanese 4,313 4,870 5,219 5,528 5,158
Canadian 4,264 4,081 3,894 3,803 3,965
Ethiopian 4,179 3,478 3,795 4,481 5,270
Spaniard 4,168 4,414 4,446 5,122 4,352
Greek 4,068 4,140 4,375 4,629 4,479
Hungarian 3,713 3,576 3,479 3,439 3,345
Ukrainian 3,701 3,220 3,478 3,887 4,212
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 3,323 3,299 3,784 3,806 3,771
Nigerian 3,101 3,046 3,189 3,202 3,567
Iranian 3,097 3,156 2,970 3,247 3,021
Swiss 2,982 2,897 2,902 2,679 2,878
Romanian 2,894 2,837 3,367 3,665 4,274
Dominican 2,610 2,892 3,352 3,569 3,854
Pakistani 2,564 2,831 2,629 2,338 2,410
Somali 2,520 2,441 3,072 2,945 2,305
Jamaican 2,449 2,589 2,346 2,309 2,466
Czech 2,429 2,398 2,315 2,360 2,562
Other Subsaharan African 2,366 2,673 2,775 2,245 2,476
Iraqi 2,366 2,521 3,063 3,138 3,501
Peruvian 2,276 2,619 2,782 2,883 2,984
Danish 2,267 2,442 2,240 2,089 2,005
Northern European 2,231 2,357 2,756 3,409 4,613
Lebanese 2,196 2,155 1,879 1,950 1,742
Eastern European 2,166 2,805 3,500 4,235 5,443
Pennsylvania German 2,132 2,157 2,267 2,087 1,416
Haitian 2,116 2,305 2,135 2,201 2,057
Panamanian 2,092 2,519 2,279 2,235 2,006
Scandinavian 2,045 2,483 2,881 3,261 3,957
Portuguese 2,015 1,883 2,015 2,017 1,964
Spanish 1,994 1,970 2,379 2,299 2,431
Cambodian 1,939 1,782 1,770 1,945 1,798
Venezuelan 1,934 1,704 2,078 3,142 3,630
Lithuanian 1,832 1,709 1,643 1,668 1,525
Argentinean 1,675 2,097 1,658 1,683 1,681
Thai 1,613 1,616 1,719 2,096 2,614
Other Asian, not specified 1,583 1,819 2,351 2,099 2,413
Nepalese 1,574 1,765 1,808 1,933 1,979
Two or more Asian 1,530 1,373 1,275 1,594 1,449
Sudanese 1,461 1,064 1,183 1,295 1,317
Austrian 1,428 1,400 1,237 1,243 1,131
Yugoslavian 1,397 1,321 1,033 1,002 1,197
Nicaraguan 1,362 1,470 1,530 1,312 1,156
Chilean 1,347 1,341 1,339 1,142 1,027
Slovak 1,275 1,404 1,443 1,392 1,472
Finnish 1,265 1,234 1,301 1,247 1,317
Costa Rican 1,219 1,366 1,515 1,530 1,397
Ecuadorian 1,155 1,288 1,327 1,347 1,484
Palestinian 1,091 1,165 952 696 882
Bangladeshi 1,087 603 324 318 430
Czechoslovakian 1,047 1,017 930 849 790
Belgian 988 916 1,030 844 712
Brazilian 962 942 1,076 1,115 978
Liberian 930 1,521 1,188 1,501 818
Armenian 904 958 621 574 663
Croatian 888 859 694 721 844
Burmese 886 1,463 2,064 2,499 2,716
Turkish 877 834 883 755 803
Ghanaian 860 712 943 720 869
Jordanian 820 1,055 1,067 1,003 685
Taiwanese 800 801 917 861 905
Other Central American 773 678 403 479 299
Serbian 698 683 636 427 490
West Indian 675 920 735 754 733
South African 620 642 699 662 489
Cajun 609 608 589 578 452
Albanian 599 593 498 439 635
Moroccan 511 484 474 497 370
Kenyan 509 667 661 677 667
Australian 474 477 477 437 560
Syrian 427 513 510 365 409
Bhutanese 426 409 61 204 215
Guyanese 414 495 384 406 262
Israeli 392 448 333 276 364
Celtic 382 441 408 334 409
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 345 359 463 423 477
Bolivian 328 404 428 463 575
Bulgarian 300 257 345 394 609
Malaysian 297 269 430 405 492
Indonesian 296 317 484 535 683
Dutch West Indian 294 380 395 284 327
Slavic 287 321 323 303 379
Afghan 279 390 310 364 241
Hmong 262 539 544 523 601
Alaska Native tribes 250 285 437 361 384
Latvian 243 262 231 165 152
Sri Lankan 240 240 193 362 353
Slovene 235 231 262 212 281
Bahamian 215 447 524 566 611
German Russian 213 211 222 174 195
Senegalese 210 287 343 424 558
British West Indian 205 241 334 236 370
Belizean 196 169 206 226 284
Ugandan 194 162 187 80 146
Maltese 188 166 155 165 122
Other South American 170 234 225 201 154
New Zealander 156 172 167 87 162
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 147 117 101 43 52
Zimbabwean 146 225 155 157 139
Uruguayan 142 140 125 128 213
Basque 128 138 130 120 159
Estonian 87 85 79 61 69
Icelander 83 92 70 109 131
Paraguayan 82 129 81 63 92
Sierra Leonean 80 152 126 116 84
Barbadian 58 90 115 106 87
Luxembourger 57 60 37 38 29
Macedonian 52 48 105 88 187
United States Virgin Islander 38 35 36 11 32
Bermudan 32 28 33 29 35
Spanish American 19 96 119 116 200
Mongolian 14 10 41 50 127
Other Asian, specified 12 23 15 10 19
Other West Indian 9 9 9 7 0
Okinawan 7 7 0 0 58

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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