States with the highest number of English*

All figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau Report issued in June 2004

The Census Bureau defines ancestry as a person's ethnic origin, racial heritage, descent, or "roots," which may reflect their place of birth, place of birth of parents or ancestors, and ethnic identities that have evolved within the United States.

All figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau Report issued in June 2004 English in America: "English" are defined as people who marked their ethnic origin as "English" on the Census survey in 1990 and/or 2000.

* Highest number as percentage of region population not total population.

State/Region (2000 population)% of Region's PopulationEthnic Group Population
Utah (2,233,169)29647,619
Maine (1,274,923)21.5274,108
Vermont (608,827)18.4112,024
Idaho (1,293,953)18.1234,205
New Hampshire (1,235,786)18222,441
Wyoming (493,782)15.978,511
Oregon (3,421,399)13.2451,625
Montana (902,195)12.6113,677
Delaware (783,600)12.194,816
Washington (5,894,121)12707,295
Colorado (4,301,261)12516,151
Rhode Island (1,048,319)12125,798
Massachusetts (6,349,097)11.4723,797
Virginia (7,078,515)11.1785,715
Kansas (2,688,418)10.8290,349
Arizona (5,130,632)10.4533,586
Connecticut (3,405,565)10.3350,773
Nevada (1,998,257)10.1201,824
West * (63,197,932)9.96,256,595
Michigan (9,938,444)9.9983,906
Kentucky (4,041,769)9.7392,052
West Virginia (1,808,344)9.7175,409
Nebraska (1,711,263)9.6164,281
Alaska (626,932)9.660,185
Iowa (2,926,324)9.5278,001
North Carolina (8,049,313)9.5764,685
Missouri (5,595,211)9.5531,545
Florida (15,982,378)9.21,470,379
Ohio (11,353,140)9.21,044,489
Tennessee (5,689,283)9.1517,725
Maryland (5,296,486)9476,684
Indiana (6,080,485)8.9541,163
United States * (281,421,906)8.724,483,706
Midwest * (64,392,776)8.45,408,993
South * (100,236,820)8.48,419,893
Oklahoma (3,450,654)8.4289,855
Northeast * (53,594,378)8.34,448,333
South Carolina (4,012,012)8.2328,985
Georgia (8,186,453)8.1663,103
Pennsylvania (12,281,054)7.9970,203
Arkansas (2,673,400)7.9211,199
Alabama (4,447,100)7.8346,874
California (33,871,648)7.42,506,502
South Dakota (754,844)7.153,594
Wisconsin (5,363,675)6.5348,639
Minnesota (4,919,479)6.3309,927
Mississippi (2,844,658)6.1173,524
New York (18,976,457)61,138,587
District of Columbia (572,059)4.425,171

People in America Series: States with the highest number of English

"-": Rounds to 0.0.

Some ancestries are general may encompass several ancestries not listed separately (i.e., African American, White).

"NS": Not statistically different from zero at the 90-percent confidence level.

Notes: Because of sampling error, the estimates in this table may not be significantly different from one another or from other ancestries not listed in this table.

People who reported two ancestries were included once in each category. The estimates in this table differ slightly in some cases from the estimates in other data products due to the collapsing schemes used. For example, here German does not include Bavarian. Some groups correspond to groups identified separately in the race and Hispanic-origin questions. The race item provides the primary source of data for White, Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian groups, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups. The Hispanic-origin question is the primary identifier for Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Hispanic groups.

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

Compiled by Rhett Butler

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