Ford Surname Popularity in the United States

In this article we'll look at the surname Ford 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 Ford.

Ford, 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 Ford surname is from the 2010 census data.

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

According to the data, Ford is ranked #137 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Ford surname appeared 184,832 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 62.66 would have the surname Ford.

We can also compare 2010 data for Ford 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 137 124 9.96%
Count 184,832 178,397 3.54%
Proportion per 100k 62.66 66.13 -5.39%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Ford

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

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 Ford was:

  • 62.05%, or 114,688 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 32.00%, or 59,146 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 0.45%, or 832 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.61%, or 1,127 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 2.52%, or 4,658 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 2.37%, or 4,381 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 Ford has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 62.05% 64.28% -3.53%
Black 32.00% 31.40% 1.89%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.45% 0.37% 19.51%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.61% 0.61% 0.00%
Two or More Races 2.52% 1.84% 31.19%
Hispanic 2.37% 1.51% 44.33%

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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