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Largest ethnic groups by region and state in the United States





rank by: by total population | total ethnic population

For each entry, "%" represents the percentage of the population.

Each region or state lists the top 5 ethnic groups by size, in descending order. So far example, in the Northeast, 15.8 percent of the population classifies itself as Irish, 14.1% as Italian, 13.6% as German, 8.3% as English, and 6.5% as African American.

RegionTotal PopulationAncestry%Ancestry%Ancestry%Ancestry%Ancestry%
United States281,421,906German15.2Irish10.8African American8.8English8.7American7.2
Region
Northeast53,594,378Irish15.8Italian14.1German13.6English8.3African American6.5
Midwest64,392,776German26.6Irish11.8English8.4African American7.8American6.5
South100,236,820African American14American11.2German10Irish8.8English8.4
West63,197,932Mexican16German13.3English9.9Irish9American4.1
State
Alabama4,447,100African American19.9American16.8English7.8Irish7.7German5.7
Alaska626,932German16.6Irish10.8American Indian10.5English9.6Eskimo6.1
Arizona5,130,632Mexican18German15.6English10.4Irish10.2American Indian6.1
Arkansas2,673,400American15.7African American11.9Irish9.5German9.3English7.9
California33,871,648Mexican22.2German9.8Irish7.7English7.4African American5.1
Colorado4,301,261German22Irish12.2English12Mexican9American5
Connecticut3,405,565Italian18.6Irish16.6English10.3German9.8Polish8.3
Delaware783,600Irish16.6German14.3African American14English12.1Italian9.3
District of Columbia572,059African American43.4Irish4.9German4.8English4.4Salvadoran2.3
Florida15,982,378German11.8Irish10.3English9.2African American8.6American7.8
Georgia8,186,453African American21.6American13.3English8.1Irish7.8German7
Hawaii1,211,537Japanese20.7Filipino17.7Hawaiian16.3Chinese8.3German5.8
Idaho1,293,953German18.8English18.1Irish10American8.1Mexican5.5
Illinois12,419,293German19.6Irish12.2African American11.5Mexican8.2Polish7.5
Indiana6,080,485German22.6American11.8Irish10.8English8.9African American6.5
Iowa2,926,324German35.7Irish13.5English9.5American6.6Norwegian5.7
Kansas2,688,418German25.8Irish11.5English10.8American8.7Mexican4.7
Kentucky4,041,769American20.7German12.7Irish10.5English9.7African American5.7
Louisiana4,468,976African American25.5French12.2American10German7Irish7
Maine1,274,923English21.5Irish15.1French14.2American9.3French_Canadian8.6
Maryland5,296,486African American20.5German15.7Irish11.7English9American5.6
Massachusetts6,349,097Irish22.5Italian13.5English11.4French8German5.9
Michigan9,938,444German20.4African American11Irish10.7English9.9Polish8.6
Minnesota4,919,479German36.7Norwegian17.3Irish11.2Swedish9.9English6.3
Mississippi2,844,658African American28.3American14Irish6.9English6.1German4.5
Missouri5,595,211German23.5Irish12.7American10.4English9.5African American8.8
Montana902,195German27Irish14.8English12.6Norwegian10.6American Indian7.4
Nebraska1,711,263German38.6Irish13.4English9.6Swedish4.9Czech4.9
Nevada1,998,257German14.1Mexican12.7Irish11English10.1Italian6.6
New Hampshire1,235,786Irish19.4English18French14.6French_Canadian10.3German8.6
New Jersey8,414,350Italian17.8Irish15.9German12.6African American8.8Polish6.9
New Mexico1,819,046Mexican16.3American Indian10.3German9.8Hispanic9.4Spanish9.3
New York18,976,457Italian14.4Irish12.9German11.2African American7.7English6
North Carolina8,049,313African American16.6American13.7English9.5German9.5Irish7.4
North Dakota642,200German43.9Norwegian30.1Irish7.7American Indian5.1Swedish5
Ohio11,353,140German25.2Irish12.7English9.2African American9.1American8.5
Oklahoma3,450,654German12.6American Indian12.1American11.2Irish10.3English8.4
Oregon3,421,399German20.5English13.2Irish11.9American6.2Mexican5.5
Pennsylvania12,281,054German25.4Irish16.1Italian11.5English7.9African American7.4
Rhode Island1,048,319Italian19Irish18.4English12French10.9Portuguese8.7
South Carolina4,012,012African American22.8American13.7German8.4English8.2Irish7.9
South Dakota754,844German40.7Norwegian15.3Irish10.4American Indian8.2English7.1
Tennessee5,689,283American17.3African American13Irish9.3English9.1German8.3
Texas20,851,820Mexican22.6German9.9African American8.7Irish7.2American7.2
Utah2,233,169English29German11.5American6.6Danish6.5Irish5.9
Vermont608,827English18.4Irish16.4French14.5German9.1French_Canadian8.8
Virginia7,078,515African American14.9German11.7American11.2English11.1Irish9.8
Washington5,894,121German18.7English12Irish11.4Norwegian6.2American5.2
West Virginia1,808,344American18.7German14Irish11English9.7American Indian4.4
Wisconsin5,363,675German42.6Irish10.9Polish9.3Norwegian8.5English6.5
Wyoming493,782German25.9English15.9Irish13.3American6.4American Indian4.7
Puerto Rico3,808,610Puerto Rican69American2.5Spaniard2.1Dominican1.7Hispanic0.8




Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1990 Census and Census 2000 special tabulations.


Compiled by Rhett Butler










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