Best Surname Popularity in the United States

In this article we'll look at the surname Best and how popular it is in the United States. We'll also look at the race and ethnic origin of people in the United States who are named Best.

Best, like all of the names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Best surname is from the 2010 census data.

Where Does Best Rank in the Most Common U.S. Names?

According to the data, Best is ranked #911 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Best surname appeared 37,923 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 12.86 would have the surname Best.

We can also compare 2010 data for Best to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 911 855 6.34%
Count 37,923 36,862 2.84%
Proportion per 100k 12.86 13.66 -6.03%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Best

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Best.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups: "White only", "Black only", "American Indian and Alaskan Native only", "Asian and Pacific Islander only", "Two or More Races", and "Hispanic".

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Best was:

  • 71.82%, or 27,236 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 22.50%, or 8,533 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 0.54%, or 205 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.60%, or 228 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 1.79%, or 679 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 2.75%, or 1,043 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin".

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Best has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 71.82% 73.73% -2.62%
Black 22.50% 22.04% 2.07%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.54% 0.33% 48.28%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.60% 0.53% 12.39%
Two or More Races 1.79% 1.48% 18.96%
Hispanic 2.75% 1.88% 37.58%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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