European Americans

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European Americans
Total population
133 million European-diaspora Americans
41% of total U.S. population (2017)[1][a]
(as opposed to 243,832,540 Americans self-identifying as White or Caucasian [2]
75.5% of the total U.S. population (2018))
Regions with significant populations
Contiguous United States and Alaska
smaller populations in Hawaii and the territories
Predominantly English
French • Russian • German • Italian • Spanish • Portuguese • Polish • Romanian • Greek • Serbo-Croatian • others
Predominantly Christianity (Mainly Protestantism and Roman Catholicism); Minority religions: Judaism, Islam
Related ethnic groups
Non-Hispanic Whites, White Southerners, European diaspora, Europeans, European Canadians, European Australians, European New Zealanders, White South Africans, British (English, Scottish, Welsh, Ulster-Scots), German, Irish, Italian, Greek, Russian, Polish, Croatian, Albanian, Bosnian, Romanian Americans, Hungarian Americans, Bulgarian Americans, Dutch Americans, Turkish Americans, Slovak Americans, Portuguese Americans, Spanish Americans
European ancestry in the US by county (self-reported)

European Americans (also referred to as Euro-Americans) are Americans of European ancestry.[3][4] This term includes people who are descended from the first European settlers in America as well as people who are descended from more recent European arrivals. European Americans are the largest panethnic group (or, variously considered an ethnic group in its own right) seconded historically to the indigenous tribes that were colonized by European Americans in the United States, at present.[source?]

German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French and Scottish are the most common European ancestries in the United States.[5] Eastern European immigrants such as Romanians are more recent.[6]

Many Roma and Jews have arrived to the United States via Europe.

Some European Americans have African and Native American ancestry. 3.5% of European Americans carry African ancestry. In South Carolina and Louisiana, around 12% of European Americans have at least 1% African ancestry.[7]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "European Immigrants in the United States". Migration Policy Institute. August 2018.
  2. "ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. December 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  3. "Euro-American". Merriam Webster Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  4. Ethnic Groups of the Americas: An Encyclopedia: An Encyclopedia: By James B. Minahan – Americans of European descent (Page: 17-18)
  5. "The Top Ten: Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank".
  6. Batalova, Jeanne Batalova Elijah Alperin and Jeanne (July 31, 2018). "European Immigrants in the United States".
  7. "Genetic study reveals surprising ancestry of many Americans".


  1. The figure does not include respondents ignoring the ancestry question.