Here are the most common ancestries in every US state

  • Americans come from everywhere, and every family has a story about where they come from.
  • Self-reported ancestries in America include Italian, German, and Mexican heritage.
  • Using Census Bureau data assembled by the Minnesota Population Center, we found the most common self-reported ancestry in every state.

Americans come from all over the world, and have countless stories about where they and their families come from.

The US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey asks millions of Americans every year several questions about their economic, social, and demographic situations. One of those questions asks respondents to report their families’ ancestries, from Italian to German to Mexican.

Using that self-reported ancestry data from the Minnesota Population Center’s 2016 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, we were able to find the most commonly self-reported ancestries in each state.

Here’s the most common self-reported ancestry in each state and DC:

And here are the three most common self-reported ancestries in each state:


Alabama

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Alaska

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Most common self-reported ancestry: American Indian

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Arizona

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: English


Arkansas

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: White/Caucasian


California

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Colorado

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Mexican

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Connecticut

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Italian

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Puerto Rican


Delaware

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: United States


District of Columbia

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: Other

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Florida

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Most common self-reported ancestry: United States

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: German


Georgia

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: English


Hawaii

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Filipino

Second most-common ancestry: Japanese

Third most-common ancestry: Hawaiian


Idaho

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Most common self-reported ancestry: English

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: White/Caucasian


Illinois

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: Mexican


Indiana

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Iowa

Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: English


Kansas

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: English


Kentucky

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Most common self-reported ancestry: United States

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Louisiana

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: French

Third most-common ancestry: United States


Maine

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Most common self-reported ancestry: English

Second most-common ancestry: French

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Maryland

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Massachusetts

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Irish

Second most-common ancestry: Italian

Third most-common ancestry: English


Michigan

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Minnesota

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Norwegian

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Mississippi

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: White/Caucasian


Missouri

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: United States


Montana

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: American Indian


Nebraska

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Mexican


Nevada

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: African-American


New Hampshire

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Irish

Second most-common ancestry: English

Third most-common ancestry: French


New Jersey

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Italian

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: African-American


New Mexico

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: American Indian

Third most-common ancestry: Hispanic


New York

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Italian

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: African-American


North Carolina

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: English


North Dakota

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Norwegian

Third most-common ancestry: American Indian


Ohio

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Oklahoma

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Most common self-reported ancestry: American Indian

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: White/Caucasian


Oregon

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: English


Pennsylvania

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Italian


Rhode Island

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Italian

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Portuguese


South Carolina

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Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: German


South Dakota

Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Norwegian

Third most-common ancestry: American Indian


Tennessee

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Most common self-reported ancestry: United States

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Texas

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: German


Utah

Most common self-reported ancestry: English

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: Mexican


Vermont

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Most common self-reported ancestry: English

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: United States


Virginia

Most common self-reported ancestry:African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: German


Washington

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Mexican


West Virginia

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: Irish


Wisconsin

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Polish


Wyoming

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: English

Third most-common ancestry: Irish

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