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English Ancestry in United States

English Americans are individuals in the United States who trace their ancestry either fully or partially to England. They constitute a significant demographic across various countries in North and South America. According to the 1980 United States Census, the largest reported ancestry group in the country was English, with some tracing their lineage back to the original thirteen colonies. As of 2020, the estimated population of English Americans stands at approximately 46.6 million, making them the largest self-reported ancestry group in the United States.

In the United States, English Americans represent the largest ethnic group, with 46.5 million individuals identifying as having English origins. This figure includes a portion who also claim another heritage, totaling 19.8% of the White American population. 

The 2020 United States Census further reveals that 25,536,410 people, constituting 7.7% of the total U.S. population, claim English descent. Additionally, 1,934,397 individuals (0.59%) self-identify as of British descent, while 1,851,256 (0.57%) claim Welsh ancestry.

English American Population

Census 2020Population% of US Pop.
English alone and in any combination 46,550,96814.00%
English alone25,536,4107.70%

Top US State by English Population

The English alone population was the largest detailed White group nationally, in 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Population wise California (2.1 million) has the largest number of people with English Ancestry followed by Texas (1.8 million) and Florida (1.5 million). Percentage-wise top US states with English Ancestry are Utah (24.13%), Maine (18.99%). Idaho (17%), Vermont (16.97%), and New Hampshire (16.90%).

List of States by English Ancestry Population

1 Alabama385,0887.87%
2 Alaska58,8567.99%
3 Arizona608,9288.49%
4 Arkansas247,3828.21%
5 California2,140,1305.44%
6 Colorado592,13710.42%
7 Connecticut299,6368.39%
8 Delaware90,7719.38%
9 Florida1,477,4906.96%
10 Georgia818,6107.78%
11 Hawaii57,4964.05%
12 Idaho299,78217.09%
13 Illinois725,5775.71%
14 Indiana583,3488.71%
15 Iowa256,1258.13%
16 Kansas298,30610.24%
17 Kentucky491,66011.02%
18 Louisiana254,5505.46%
19 Maine254,61218.99%
20 Maryland439,7607.28%
21 Massachusetts641,6989.34%
22 Michigan882,5338.85%
23 Minnesota315,7185.64%
24 Mississippi218,5287.33%
25 Missouri556,9659.09%
26 Montana123,22711.61%
27 Nebraska154,0298.01%
28 Nevada220,6897.28%
29 New Hampshire229,05316.90%
30 New Jersey429,7744.84%
31 New Mexico138,5006.60%
32 New York988,3455.06%
33 North Carolina1,014,0969.76%
34 North Dakota32,7844.31%
35 Ohio1,006,0038.62%
36 Oklahoma317,8358.05%
37 Oregon478,04311.45%
38 Pennsylvania926,8797.24%
39 Rhode Island111,80510.57%
40 South Carolina460,3009.04%
41 South Dakota54,2226.17%
42 Tennessee637,0719.41%
43 Texas1,772,9146.19%
44 Utah760,36224.13%
45 Vermont105,93516.97%
46 Virginia833,3009.79%
47 Washington772,52710.28%
48 West Virginia200,00911.07%
49 Wisconsin336,8755.80%
50 Wyoming73,98112.73%
 District of Columbia39,3755.61%

Source: US Census estimates 2020

Top U.S. Cities by English population

English alone or in any combination was the largest detailed White group in approximately two-thirds (2,050) of the counties in the United States and Puerto Rico. The English population was the most prevalent group in northern New England, the South, and throughout the West, as well as in Puerto Rico

Dallas Metro area with 725,706 people of English ancestry, has the largest population of English Americans. It’s followed by Atlanta (474,655) and the New York metro area (610,442).

*These figures don’t include British Americans and Welsh Americans

Top Metro Areas by English Population

#Metro AreaPopulation 2020% of Total
1Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 725,7069.35%
2Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA 614,35910.00%
3New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 610,4423.09%
4Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 600,7444.62%
5Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 546,1518.59%
6Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 501,80610.24%
7Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 488,2406.77%
8Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 483,7745.09%
9Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 483,2367.76%
10Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ 479,3839.69%
11Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 463,76711.56%
12Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 366,05312.31%
13Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 363,8188.33%
14Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 348,33913.87%
15San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 333,7117.22%
16Salt Lake City, UT 325,58525.78%
17Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 313,29911.60%
18Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 313,2149.73%
19St. Louis, MO-IL 289,73810.32%
20Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 287,73812.72%
21Kansas City, MO-KS 286,65113.03%
22Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 280,93313.95%
23Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 269,2637.30%
24Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 261,0309.20%
25Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX 259,90111.05%
26San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA 255,3547.77%
27Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 248,4865.34%
28Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 244,99911.51%
29Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA 239,7379.94%
30Columbus, OH 237,40611.04%
31Pittsburgh, PA 230,1559.78%
32Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 205,42811.37%
33Raleigh-Cary, NC 201,08313.88%
34Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 201,0773.30%
35Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 197,3597.33%
36Cleveland-Elyria, OH 187,4619.03%
37Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 183,27510.94%
38Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 177,42813.81%
39Jacksonville, FL 176,20410.76%
40San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 173,5106.67%
41Oklahoma City, OK 170,47511.83%
42Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 170,0517.42%
43Richmond, VA 169,95012.90%
44Rochester, NY 143,49713.23%
45Tulsa, OK 125,80312.28%
46North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 115,78913.47%
47Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT 112,4829.28%
48Tucson, AZ 105,61010.04%
49Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI 105,5369.67%
50San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 99,8075.11%

Source: US Census 2020

English Ancestry in Americas

English ANcestry are also the Largest ancestry Group in Canada with approximately 6.4 million people and 18.34% of Canada’s population. Chileans of English ancestry are estimated to number 700,000 (4% of the national population) and there are about 100,000 people of English descent in Argentina.

English Canadians are Canadians who have full or partial English ancestry. English Canadians account for about  18.34%  of the total population of Canada and form the second-largest ancestry group in Canada.

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