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Ancestor Appreciation Day: September 27, 2019

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Ancestry refers to a person’s ethnic origin or descent, “roots,” heritage or the place of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States. Some ethnic identities, such as “German” or “Jamaican,” can be traced to geographic areas outside the United States, while other ethnicities, such as “Pennsylvania Dutch” or “Cajun,” evolved in the United States.

The American Community Survey asks respondents to report their “ancestry or ethnic origin” in addition to questions that ask about Hispanic origin and race. Hundreds of groups are reported in response to the ancestry question. The following table and graphics show some of the larger ancestry groups. There are also some large groups that are not shown in the ancestry data because official data for those groups come from the Hispanic origin or race questions. The Hispanic origin question provides detailed data on the Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban populations, as well as other Hispanic groups. The race question provides data for the White, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Some Other Race populations. The race question also provides detailed data on Asian groups, such as Chinese or Korean; American Indian tribes or Alaska Native groups, such as Cherokee or Aleut; and Pacific Islander groups, such as Samoan or Chamorro.

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Key Stats:

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.  The U.S. Census Bureau will release 2018 American Community Survey 1-year estimates statistics on September 26 to our new platform data.census.gov.

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Note: The table above is modified to show reported ancestries that total 1 million or more. The top five reported ancestries (not including Other groups, and Unclassified or not reported at the bottom) are German, Irish, English, American and Italian. Click on the image to see the full table, including all 109 rows and most states.

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Source: 2010–2014 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates.

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Source: 209–2013 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates.

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More Stats:

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates. The Census Bureau will release 2018 American Community Survey statistics on September 26 to our new platform data.census.gov.

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