The Top Ten: Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank

Updated June 28, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
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Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank

Rank Ethnicity Number
1. German 46,403,053
2. Black/African-American (non-Hispanic) 38,785,726
3. Mexican 34,640,287
4. Irish 33,526,444
5. English 24,787,018
6. American 22,746,991
7. Italian 17,285,619
8. Polish 9,385,766
9. French 8,272,538
10. Scottish 5,409,343
Note: 2015 Census figures. Ancestry is a broad concept that can mean different things to different people. The ancestry groups listed on this table were self-identified. The Census Bureau defines ancestry as a person's ethnic origin, 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. Many respondents listed more than one area of ancestry; the sum of the persons reporting the ancestry is greater than the total.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey.


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