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Race and Ethnicity in North Dakota

North Dakota the fourth-least populated U.S. State has a racially and ethnically diverse population. As of 2020, White (Non-Hispanic)  are the largest group in North Dakota followed by Hispanic or Latino Americans. 

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Ethnic and Racial Composition

In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in North Dakota, comprising 81.65% of the total population. It was followed by the Native American population whose share was 4.79%.

Hispanic or Latino was the third largest group at 4.29%.  Two or more races are at 3.88% & African Americans at 3.36%

The ethnic composition of North Dakota is as follows

Race and OriginActual PopulationPercentage 2020
White alone636,16081.65%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone37,3504.79%
Hispanic or Latino33,4124.29%
two or more races:30,2483.88%
Black or African American alone26,1523.36%
Asian alone13,0501.68%
Some Other Race alone1,8530.24%
Native Hawaiian&  Pacific Islanders8690.11%
Total:779,094 

Source: US Census Bureau population estimate 2020

*US Census recognized five racial categories (White, Black or African American, Asian American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) as well as people of two or more races. It also classified respondents as "Hispanic or Latino" or "Not Hispanic or Latino", identifying Hispanic and Latino as an ethnicity (not a race), which comprises the largest minority group in the nation.

Ancestry in North Dakota

As per Census Studies & estimate German, Norwegian, Irish, English, and Swedish have made the five largest ancestry groups in North Dakota. The Largest Ancestry in North Dakota is as follows

#ANCESTRYEstimatePercent
1German264,95934.8%
2Norwegian185,79024.4%
3Irish49,0016.4%
4English29,2853.8%
5Swedish25,0673.3%
6American24,6683.2%
7French (except Basque)19,6612.6%
8Polish18,8012.5%
9Russian17,5492.3%
10Subsaharan African10,5171.4%
11Scottish9,9441.3%
12Czech9,4911.2%
13Dutch9,0521.2%
14Italian8,8671.2%
15Danish8,2821.1%
16French Canadian7,6391.0%
17Scotch-Irish3,9530.5%
18Ukrainian3,8870.5%
19Welsh2,3940.3%
20Arab2,2400.3%
21Hungarian2,1370.3%
22Swiss1,8960.2%
23Greek1,5560.2%
24West Indian 1,5430.2%
25Portuguese4730.1%
26Slovak4110.1%
27Lithuanian3540.0%

Source: US Census Bureau population estimate 2020

Demography of North Dakota

While alone (Non-Hispanics) in North Dakota

Non-Hispanic Whites account for nearly 81.65% of North Dakota’s population. German, Norwegian, Irish, and English Americans have made up the largest European ancestry groups in North Dakota. As per the Census report, German Americans made up 34.8% of the population and number 264,959 members. Norwegian Americans made up 24.4% of the population and number 185,790

Irish Americans made up 6.4% of the population and number 49,001 followed by English ancestry at 3.8% of the population and number 29,285

Native Americans in North Dakota

Native Americans are the second largest group in North Dakota. Native Americans made up 4.79% of North Dakota’s population and number 37,350 individuals as of 2020. 

Hispanics and Latinos in North Dakota

Hispanics and Latinos are the third-largest groups in North Dakota. Around 4.29% of North Dakota’s Population claims Hispanic or Latin American ethnicity.  

Multi-Race in North Dakota

Multiracial individuals are also a visible minority in North Dakota and they are the fourth-largest group. People identifying as multiracial form 3.88% of the population, and number around 30,248  people. 

African Americans in Florida

As of 2020, those of African ancestry accounted for 3.36% of North Dakota’s population.

Asian Americans in North Dakota

Asian Americans are a minority group in North Dakota. Americans of Asian descent formed 1.68% of the population. Its ethnic Asian population has grown rapidly since the late 1990s; the majority are Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and ethnic Chinese.

Pacific Islanders in North Dakota

Americans with origins from the Pacific Islands are the smallest minority in North Dakota.  They made up 0.11% of North Dakota’s population

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