West Virginia Ancestry and Population Demographic Data

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

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

West Virginia Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
White 1,732,235 1,725,411 1,714,591 1,704,345 1,691,600
American 225,760 214,650 209,105 199,695 190,758
German 118,169 118,143 114,375 107,955 101,880
English 103,688 97,462 90,913 82,482 77,129
Irish 89,847 87,869 85,834 82,122 78,122
African American 61,367 63,305 65,300 66,728 66,990
Italian 36,228 34,729 34,054 32,753 31,116
Hispanic or Latino 25,408 26,247 27,021 27,522 28,368
Scotch-Irish 19,592 20,241 18,828 17,938 17,136
Scottish 15,199 14,794 15,935 15,219 14,549
Asian 13,485 13,990 14,096 14,534 14,523
European 12,501 13,077 12,890 15,094 17,159
Polish 12,033 11,606 10,637 10,372 10,061
Mexican 11,028 11,585 11,928 10,982 11,009
French 6,906 6,184 6,127 5,740 5,555
Dutch 5,945 5,859 5,423 5,408 4,739
Some Other Race 4,566 5,731 7,193 7,290 7,971
Puerto Rican 4,481 5,059 5,747 6,288 6,991
Subsaharan African 4,038 4,734 5,147 5,158 5,675
Total Arab 3,833 3,613 3,753 4,110 4,312
African 3,390 3,849 4,235 3,919 4,421
Welsh 3,270 3,139 3,334 3,440 3,386
Chinese 3,227 3,364 3,119 3,384 3,131
Asian Indian 3,217 3,238 3,811 3,751 3,803
Hungarian 2,695 2,938 3,064 2,566 2,808
British 2,614 2,891 3,290 3,754 4,196
American Indian 2,279 2,480 2,492 2,827 2,762
Russian 2,145 1,965 2,002 1,763 1,682
Filipino 1,970 2,461 2,610 2,553 2,449
Greek 1,969 1,883 1,657 1,453 1,537
Swedish 1,844 1,814 1,725 1,884 1,862
Norwegian 1,714 1,721 1,581 1,499 1,394
Lebanese 1,627 1,475 1,247 1,200 1,222
Spaniard 1,602 1,470 1,380 1,526 1,889
Slovak 1,286 1,432 1,259 1,270 1,226
Korean 1,224 1,245 1,036 1,035 1,039
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 1,121 1,296 1,137 1,204 1,290
Croatian 1,097 841 743 602 531
Swiss 1,057 1,052 1,002 914 948
Cuban 1,044 1,273 1,409 1,359 1,118
All other Hispanic or Latino 1,039 1,056 1,162 1,670 1,432
French Canadian 1,037 1,000 1,031 979 955
Peruvian 1,024 871 619 754 798
Iranian 916 716 803 761 654
Northern European 907 1,043 1,044 935 1,181
Salvadoran 832 898 903 1,044 1,217
Czech 820 756 865 877 772
Canadian 668 671 832 787 716
Lithuanian 655 578 604 593 487
Spanish 651 547 545 740 810
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 625 648 541 350 419
Other Asian, not specified 593 222 237 240 258
Colombian 586 394 385 335 372
Arab 548 379 480 758 784
Czechoslovakian 548 588 591 671 486
Ukrainian 541 589 635 595 627
Pennsylvania German 539 465 390 300 335
Honduran 537 556 432 346 420
Other Arab 532 502 572 635 638
Eastern European 532 599 1,021 1,438 1,621
Serbian 531 540 515 502 356
Guatemalan 525 622 612 517 554
Jamaican 520 573 447 423 623
Scandinavian 490 607 699 815 880
Japanese 485 616 650 699 603
Moroccan 470 591 447 358 434
Dominican 448 455 429 542 512
Portuguese 400 321 321 345 291
Danish 396 368 306 421 426
Slavic 351 345 293 369 344
Belgian 339 413 492 602 639
Finnish 316 268 228 258 199
Austrian 315 369 388 377 334
Yugoslavian 311 297 265 228 129
Syrian 301 275 481 377 473
Pakistani 284 424 303 556 507
Thai 277 286 252 174 143
Haitian 275 311 264 284 127
Slovene 274 300 165 142 127
Panamanian 264 226 270 244 213
Nigerian 262 295 296 349 348
Romanian 253 202 291 355 346
Turkish 210 285 271 228 184
Egyptian 203 222 234 343 293
Nicaraguan 200 181 190 202 180
Bolivian 199 91 110 80 114
Ethiopian 195 261 235 367 254
Chilean 179 201 265 314 156
Argentinean 179 107 86 181 138
Brazilian 167 124 141 155 104
Costa Rican 166 201 161 59 114
Celtic 160 152 134 175 202
Australian 159 153 154 150 141
Two or more Asian 152 167 164 146 191
Nepalese 150 142 238 126 350
Bulgarian 139 131 109 55 30
Ecuadorian 136 180 147 93 104
Israeli 135 87 40 34 25
Venezuelan 123 144 156 146 108
Paraguayan 116 83 23 26 31
Jordanian 103 99 181 209 187
Liberian 100 58 107 92 39
Guyanese 96 109 56 55 57
Armenian 77 64 84 84 51
British West Indian 72 106 118 131 95
Taiwanese 71 97 83 155 140
Bahamian 70 64 53 51 20
Dutch West Indian 68 61 47 51 98
Burmese 61 51 10 0 0
Estonian 59 62 61 37 19
Laotian 51 63 94 76 100
West Indian 46 133 175 231 232
Iraqi 40 40 79 61 51
Sri Lankan 40 107 94 91 157
Icelander 39 50 32 34 16
Other Asian, specified 35 37 42 56 37
Indonesian 34 48 81 88 129
Luxembourger 30 29 33 27 0
South African 27 28 10 0 0
Bermudan 25 0 0 0 0
Malaysian 25 27 19 28 37
Uruguayan 24 16 14 11 37
Maltese 22 13 0 0 0
Bangladeshi 21 78 108 111 124
Alaska Native tribes 20 138 144 131 161
Barbadian 18 18 12 0 0
Albanian 16 29 13 15 19
Senegalese 16 13 25 87 89
Latvian 16 21 18 15 23
Sudanese 16 46 34 29 48
Belizean 15 13 9 11 11
Okinawan 15 8 10 11 14
Afghan 15 20 11 5 4
Alsatian 14 24 28 31 31
Spanish American 14 12 12 33 22
Other Subsaharan African 13 111 119 234 292
Ghanaian 12 66 79 74 177
Macedonian 12 17 16 14 16
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 12 13 15 0 0
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 12 17 12 22 84
Other South American 11 19 36 30 29
German Russian 9 8 44 56 39
Palestinian 9 30 32 169 230
Carpatho Rusyn 8 7 8 10 5
Sierra Leonean 7 7 7 7 0
Basque 7 9 10 13 17
Cajun 6 6 8 47 128

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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