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 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.

West Virginia Ancestry Data

Ancestry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
White 1,732,235 1,725,411 1,714,591 1,704,345 1,691,600 1,672,255
American 225,760 214,650 209,105 199,695 190,758 178,812
German 118,169 118,143 114,375 107,955 101,880 100,169
English 103,688 97,462 90,913 82,482 77,129 96,236
Irish 89,847 87,869 85,834 82,122 78,122 75,124
African American 61,367 63,305 65,300 66,728 66,990 64,285
Italian 36,228 34,729 34,054 32,753 31,116 28,478
Hispanic or Latino 25,408 26,247 27,021 27,522 28,368 28,679
Scotch-Irish 19,592 20,241 18,828 17,938 17,136 16,549
Scottish 15,199 14,794 15,935 15,219 14,549 14,397
Asian 13,485 13,990 14,096 14,534 14,523 14,228
European 12,501 13,077 12,890 15,094 17,159 18,651
Polish 12,033 11,606 10,637 10,372 10,061 9,395
Mexican 11,028 11,585 11,928 10,982 11,009 11,650
French 6,906 6,184 6,127 5,740 5,555 5,324
Dutch 5,945 5,859 5,423 5,408 4,739 4,327
Some Other Race 4,566 5,731 7,193 7,290 7,971 9,278
Puerto Rican 4,481 5,059 5,747 6,288 6,991 6,122
Subsaharan African 4,038 4,734 5,147 5,158 5,675 4,554
Total Arab 3,833 3,613 3,753 4,110 4,312 4,348
African 3,390 3,849 4,235 3,919 4,421 3,238
Welsh 3,270 3,139 3,334 3,440 3,386 3,845
Chinese 3,227 3,364 3,119 3,384 3,131 2,885
Asian Indian 3,217 3,238 3,811 3,751 3,803 3,350
Hungarian 2,695 2,938 3,064 2,566 2,808 3,020
British 2,614 2,891 3,290 3,754 4,196 4,024
American Indian 2,279 2,480 2,492 2,827 2,762 2,247
Russian 2,145 1,965 2,002 1,763 1,682 2,040
Filipino 1,970 2,461 2,610 2,553 2,449 3,085
Greek 1,969 1,883 1,657 1,453 1,537 1,897
Swedish 1,844 1,814 1,725 1,884 1,862 1,518
Norwegian 1,714 1,721 1,581 1,499 1,394 1,288
Lebanese 1,627 1,475 1,247 1,200 1,222 1,219
Spaniard 1,602 1,470 1,380 1,526 1,889 1,447
Slovak 1,286 1,432 1,259 1,270 1,226 1,192
Korean 1,224 1,245 1,036 1,035 1,039 1,146
West Indian (except Hispanic groups) 1,121 1,296 1,137 1,204 1,290 1,026
Croatian 1,097 841 743 602 531 358
Swiss 1,057 1,052 1,002 914 948 956
Cuban 1,044 1,273 1,409 1,359 1,118 1,148
All other Hispanic or Latino 1,039 1,056 1,162 1,670 1,432 1,957
French Canadian 1,037 1,000 1,031 979 955 876
Peruvian 1,024 871 619 754 798 680
Iranian 916 716 803 761 654 384
Northern European 907 1,043 1,044 935 1,181 1,197
Salvadoran 832 898 903 1,044 1,217 1,253
Czech 820 756 865 877 772 715
Canadian 668 671 832 787 716 724
Lithuanian 655 578 604 593 487 442
Spanish 651 547 545 740 810 1,185
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 625 648 541 350 419 474
Other Asian, not specified 593 222 237 240 258 277
Colombian 586 394 385 335 372 504
Arab 548 379 480 758 784 612
Czechoslovakian 548 588 591 671 486 376
Ukrainian 541 589 635 595 627 560
Pennsylvania German 539 465 390 300 335 301
Honduran 537 556 432 346 420 320
Other Arab 532 502 572 635 638 653
Eastern European 532 599 1,021 1,438 1,621 1,990
Serbian 531 540 515 502 356 290
Guatemalan 525 622 612 517 554 558
Jamaican 520 573 447 423 623 423
Scandinavian 490 607 699 815 880 1,358
Japanese 485 616 650 699 603 613
Moroccan 470 591 447 358 434 204
Dominican 448 455 429 542 512 548
Portuguese 400 321 321 345 291 204
Danish 396 368 306 421 426 364
Slavic 351 345 293 369 344 218
Belgian 339 413 492 602 639 585
Finnish 316 268 228 258 199 220
Austrian 315 369 388 377 334 331
Yugoslavian 311 297 265 228 129 146
Syrian 301 275 481 377 473 721
Pakistani 284 424 303 556 507 711
Thai 277 286 252 174 143 142
Haitian 275 311 264 284 127 194
Slovene 274 300 165 142 127 143
Panamanian 264 226 270 244 213 316
Nigerian 262 295 296 349 348 357
Romanian 253 202 291 355 346 388
Turkish 210 285 271 228 184 141
Egyptian 203 222 234 343 293 268
Nicaraguan 200 181 190 202 180 145
Bolivian 199 91 110 80 114 66
Ethiopian 195 261 235 367 254 220
Argentinean 179 107 86 181 138 146
Chilean 179 201 265 314 156 185
Brazilian 167 124 141 155 104 81
Costa Rican 166 201 161 59 114 185
Celtic 160 152 134 175 202 420
Australian 159 153 154 150 141 118
Two or more Asian 152 167 164 146 191 124
Nepalese 150 142 238 126 350 358
Bulgarian 139 131 109 55 30 14
Ecuadorian 136 180 147 93 104 75
Israeli 135 87 40 34 25 28
Venezuelan 123 144 156 146 108 95
Paraguayan 116 83 23 26 31 0
Jordanian 103 99 181 209 187 144
Liberian 100 58 107 92 39 44
Guyanese 96 109 56 55 57 139
Armenian 77 64 84 84 51 51
British West Indian 72 106 118 131 95 73
Taiwanese 71 97 83 155 140 190
Bahamian 70 64 53 51 20 72
Dutch West Indian 68 61 47 51 98 39
Burmese 61 51 10 0 0 3
Estonian 59 62 61 37 19 17
Laotian 51 63 94 76 100 96
West Indian 46 133 175 231 232 159
Sri Lankan 40 107 94 91 157 100
Iraqi 40 40 79 61 51 90
Icelander 39 50 32 34 16 2
Other Asian, specified 35 37 42 56 37 0
Indonesian 34 48 81 88 129 117
Luxembourger 30 29 33 27 0 12
South African 27 28 10 0 0 0
Malaysian 25 27 19 28 37 6
Bermudan 25 0 0 0 0 0
Uruguayan 24 16 14 11 37 33
Maltese 22 13 0 0 0 0
Bangladeshi 21 78 108 111 124 81
Alaska Native tribes 20 138 144 131 161 200
Barbadian 18 18 12 0 0 0
Albanian 16 29 13 15 19 36
Latvian 16 21 18 15 23 10
Senegalese 16 13 25 87 89 85
Sudanese 16 46 34 29 48 123
Okinawan 15 8 10 11 14 1
Afghan 15 20 11 5 4 0
Belizean 15 13 9 11 11 3
Spanish American 14 12 12 33 22 29
Alsatian 14 24 28 31 31 11
Other Subsaharan African 13 111 119 234 292 288
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 12 13 15 0 0 0
Macedonian 12 17 16 14 16 0
Ghanaian 12 66 79 74 177 192
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 12 17 12 22 84 63
Other South American 11 19 36 30 29 32
Palestinian 9 30 32 169 230 437
German Russian 9 8 44 56 39 43
Carpatho Rusyn 8 7 8 10 5 0
Basque 7 9 10 13 17 0
Sierra Leonean 7 7 7 7 0 0
Cajun 6 6 8 47 128 112

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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