Friday, February 7, 2014

California's Largest Ethnic Groups


California is America's largest state by population. Its' economy is the biggest of all states, making it a popular destination for immigrants. There is great diversity in the countries from where its' residents originate. By far, the largest ethnicity is Mexican, owing to California's shared border with Mexico. Over 30% of  residents have Mexican ancestry. The largest European ancestry is German, the heritage of just under 9% of Californians. Chinese-Americans make up the state's largest Asian ethnic group.

Rank
Ethnicity
2010
California Population
As a Percent of
Total California Population

Total Population
37,349,363
100.00%
1
Mexican
11,778,396
31.54%
2
German
3,330,889
8.92%
3
Irish
2,573,023
6.89%
4
English
2,327,331
6.23%
5
African-American*
1,810,075
4.85%
6
Italian
1,501,625
4.02%
7
Chinese, except Taiwanese
1,211,709
3.24%
8
Filipino
1,184,835
3.17%
9
American
857,524
2.30%
10
French, except Basque
728,284
1.95%
11
Salvadoran
655,216
1.75%
12
Vietnamese
602,086
1.61%
13
European
544,363
1.46%
14
Scottish
519,955
1.39%
15
Asian Indian
515,133
1.38%
16
Polish
509,365
1.36%
17
Korean
467,165
1.25%
18
Russian
436,225
1.17%
19
Swedish
435,274
1.17%
20
Dutch
396,794
1.06%
21
Guatemalan
389,082
1.04%
22
Norwegian
383,922
1.03%
23
Portuguese
355,998
0.95%
24
Japanese
278,735
0.75%
25
Armenian
254,696
0.68%
26
Scotch-Irish
247,530
0.66%
27
Iranian
215,372
0.58%
28
Puerto Rican
196,445
0.53%
29
Danish
184,002
0.49%
30
African
183,293
0.49%
31
Welsh
162,550
0.44%
32
British
146,509
0.39%
33
Spaniard
143,927
0.39%
34
Greek
136,493
0.37%
35
Hungarian
132,860
0.36%
36
Swiss
111,798
0.30%
37
Nicaraguan
109,970
0.29%
38
French Canadian
104,962
0.28%
39
Peruvian
100,298
0.27%
40
Ukrainian
99,624
0.27%
41
Cambodian
95,589
0.26%
42
Spanish
95,520
0.26%
43
Cuban
94,334
0.25%
44
Hmong
93,443
0.25%
45
Czech
86,682
0.23%
46
Honduran
86,006
0.23%
47
Canadian
85,113
0.23%
48
Taiwanese
76,361
0.20%
49
Austrian
75,421
0.20%
50
Colombian
69,938
0.19%

Source: US Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey
1 year estimates, tables: B02001, B02005, B02006, B02007, B03001, B03002, B04006

* African-American is derived as respondents selecting Black as racial group after removing African, West Indian, and Hispanic ethnicities.

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