Carlson Last Name Popularity, Meaning and Origin

In this article we'll look at the origin and meaning of the surname Carlson 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 Carlson.

Carlson, 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 Carlson surname is from the 2010 census data.

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

According to the data, Carlson is ranked #252 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Carlson surname appeared 120,552 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 40.87 would have the surname Carlson.

We can also compare 2010 data for Carlson 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 252 225 11.32%
Count 120,552 120,124 0.36%
Proportion per 100k 40.87 44.53 -8.57%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Carlson

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

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 Carlson was:

  • 94.83%, or 114,319 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 0.46%, or 555 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 0.77%, or 928 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.49%, or 591 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 1.38%, or 1,664 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 2.07%, or 2,495 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 Carlson has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 94.83% 96.22% -1.46%
Black 0.46% 0.40% 13.95%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.77% 0.54% 35.11%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.49% 0.50% -2.02%
Two or More Races 1.38% 1.03% 29.05%
Hispanic 2.07% 1.32% 44.25%

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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