Pennsylvania Population by race
Pennsylvania the sixth-largest U.S. state by population has a racially and ethnically diverse population. As of 2020, White (Non-Hispanic) are the largest group in Pennsylvania followed by African Americans
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Ethnic and Racial Percentage
In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in Pennsylvania, comprising 73.47% of the total population. It was followed by the African American population whose share was 10.53%.
Hispanic or Latino was the third largest group at 8.07%. Asians were the fourth largest group at 3.90%. Two or more races are at 3.47%.
The ethnic composition of Pennsylvania is as follows
|Race and Origin||Actual Population||Percentage 2020|
|Black or African American alone||1,368,978||10.53%|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,049,615||8.07%|
|Two or more races||451,285||3.47%|
|Some Other Race alone||54,541||0.42%|
|American Indians and Alaska Natives alone||15,028||0.12%|
|Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islanders alone||3,162||0.02%|
Source: US Census 2020
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Ancestry in Pennsylvania
As per Census Studies and estimate German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish have made the four largest ancestry groups in Pennsylvania.
The Largest Ancestry in Pennsylvania is as follows
|West Indian (excluding Hispanic origin groups)||92,524||0.7%|
Source: US Census 2020
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European ancestry in Pennsylvania
Europeans account for nearly 73.47% of Pennsylvania’s population. German, Irish, Italian and English Americans have made up the four largest European ancestry groups in Pennsylvania.
As per the Census report, German Americans made up 21.80% of the population and numbered over 2.8 million members. Irish Americans made up 15% of the population and numbered over 1.9 million.
Italian Americans made up 10.80 percent of the population and numbered over 1.4 million followed by English ancestry at 6.90 percent of the population and numbered over 0.8 million.
Other Europeans who make good numbers are Polish (6.10%), French (1.50%), Slovak (1.40%), Scottish (1.40%), Dutch (1.30%), Russian (1.30%), Welsh (1.20%) and Scotch-Irish (1.10%)
African Americans in Pennsylvania
As of 2020, those of African ancestry accounted for 10.53% of Pennsylvania’s population and are the second largest group in Pennsylvania. People of African descent are currently the largest ethnic group in Philadelphia. Originally arriving in the 17th century as enslaved Africans, the population of African Americans grew in the 18th and 19th centuries to include numerous free black residents who were active in the abolitionist movement and as conductors in the Underground Railroad.
In the 20th and 21st centuries, Black Philadelphians actively campaigned against discrimination and continued to contribute to Philadelphia’s cultural, economic, and political life as workers, activists, artists, musicians, and politicians.
Hispanics and Latinos in Pennsylvania
Hispanics and Latinos are the Third-largest groups in Pennsylvania after non-Hispanic European and African Americans. Around 8% of Pennsylvania’s Population claims Hispanic or Latin American ethnicity. Pennsylvania cities with the largest Hispanic populations are Reading (69.0%), Hazleton (63.1%), Allentown (54.2%), Lebanon (46.2%), and Lancaster (40.2%).
Asian Americans in Pennsylvania
Asian Americans are a sizable minority group in Pennsylvania. Americans of Asian descent formed 3.90 percent of the population. Its ethnic Asian population has grown rapidly since the late 1990s; the majority are Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and ethnic Chinese.
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*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.