Belarusian Ancestry in America
People of Belarusian ancestry form an important group in several countries in North and South America. As per the estimates, the total population of the Belarusian diaspora is about 2-2.5 million around the world., mainly in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Argentina, the United States, UK, Canada, and the Baltic States.
The precise number of Belarusian Ancestry is difficult to determine, as Belarus was for a time part of the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union, and most persons of Belarusian ancestry are recorded as “Russian” rather than “Belarusian”.
Let’s have a look at American Countries having significant Belarusian ancestry
Belarusian Americans are Americans who have full or partial Belarusian ancestry. According to the 1990 US Census, only 4,277 respondents claimed Belarusian ancestry; there are no reports as to the estimated population from the 2000 census.
The precise number of Belarusian Ancestry is difficult to determine, as Belarus was for a time part of the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union when early immigrants arrived, Many of them were recorded as Russian or Polish, depending on the region of Belarus where they were born. The term “Belarusian” only became common near the end of the Soviet Union’s existence, and most persons of Belarusian ancestry would be unaware of the term, referring to themselves as “White Russian” rather than “Belarusian”.
It is estimated that there may currently be some 700,000 Belarusians in the United States. The largest concentrations of Belarusian Americans are in the metropolitan New York area, New Jersey (especially Highland Park and South River), Cleveland (and its suburbs), Chicago (recent immigrants concentrated around Wheeling), Los Angeles, and Detroit.
According to the 2016 Census Bureau report, 62,514 people who were born in Belarus are living in the United States.
Belarusian Canadians are Canadians who have full or partial Belarusian ancestry. Belarusian Canadians account for about 0.06% of the total population of Canada
According to the Canadian Census 2016, there were 20,710 people of Belarusian descent in Canada. Regions with significant Belarusian populations in Canada are Ontario and Quebec.
Belarusian Argentines are Argentines who have full or partial Belarusian ancestry. The community was formed in the 20th century, now it accounts for 7,000 people and about 50,000 descendants.