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Ancestor Appreciation Day: September 27, 2018

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People living in the United States have ancestors from all over the world, including Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and elsewhere. See the Related Topics from the Newsroom section to find statistics for Hispanic Heritage Month, African American History Month, and other commemorations. The statistics presented here are specific to groups that are not provided in our detailed Hispanic origin and race tables, using the ancestry question on the American Community Survey.

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.

Key Stats:

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.

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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) are German, Irish, English, American and Italian. Click on the image to see the full table, including all 109 rows and 50 states.

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

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