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graphical representation of ancestry of the population

We ask a question about a person's ancestry or ethnic origin to create statistics about ancestry groups in America.

Local, state, tribal, and federal agencies use data about ancestry to plan and evaluate government programs and policies to ensure that they fairly and equitably serve the needs of all groups. These statistics also help enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination in society.

Your privacy concerns

We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.

Question as it appears on the form

We ask one question about a person's ancestry to identify the ethnic origins of the population.

Results from this question

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Ancestry data help communities:

Where Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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Where Irish Eyes are Smiling

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017-2021 American Community Survey 5-Year estimates]

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