Olson Surname Popularity in the United States

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

Olson, 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 Olson surname is from the 2010 census data.

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

According to the data, Olson is ranked #157 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Olson surname appeared 164,035 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 55.61 would have the surname Olson.

We can also compare 2010 data for Olson 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 157 136 14.33%
Count 164,035 163,502 0.33%
Proportion per 100k 55.61 60.61 -8.60%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Olson

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

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 Olson was:

  • 94.76%, or 155,440 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 0.40%, or 656 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 0.66%, or 1,083 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.72%, or 1,181 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 1.43%, or 2,346 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 2.03%, or 3,330 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 Olson has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 94.76% 96.03% -1.33%
Black 0.40% 0.36% 10.53%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.66% 0.54% 20.00%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.72% 0.64% 11.76%
Two or More Races 1.43% 1.04% 31.58%
Hispanic 2.03% 1.38% 38.12%

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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