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Here Are The Most Common Ancestries In Every US State

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Andy Kiersz and Myelle Lansat

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clockAug 31 2018, 00:16 UTC

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Americans come from all over the world, and have countless stories about where they and their families come from.

The US Census Bureau's American Community Survey asks millions of Americans every year several questions about their economic, social, and demographic situations. One of those questions asks respondents to report their families' ancestries, from Italian to German to Mexican.

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Using that self-reported ancestry data from the Minnesota Population Center's 2016 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, we were able to find the most commonly self-reported ancestries in each state.

Here's the most common self-reported ancestry in each state and DC:

Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from IPUMS-USA

And here are the three most common self-reported ancestries in each state:

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Alabama

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Alaska

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Most common self-reported ancestry: American Indian

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Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Arizona

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

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Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: English

Arkansas

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: White/Caucasian

California

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: Irish

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Colorado

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Mexican

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Connecticut

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Italian

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Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Puerto Rican

Delaware

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: United States

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District of Columbia

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: Other

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Florida

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Most common self-reported ancestry: United States

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Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: German

Georgia

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: English

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Hawaii

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Filipino

Second most-common ancestry: Japanese

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Third most-common ancestry: Hawaiian

Idaho

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Most common self-reported ancestry: English

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Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: White/Caucasian

Illinois

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: Mexican

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Indiana

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: United States

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Iowa

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

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Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: English

Kansas

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: English

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Kentucky

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Most common self-reported ancestry: United States

Second most-common ancestry: German

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Louisiana

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

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Second most-common ancestry: French

Third most-common ancestry: United States

Maine

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Most common self-reported ancestry: English

Second most-common ancestry: French

Third most-common ancestry: Irish

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Maryland

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: German

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Massachusetts

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Irish

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Second most-common ancestry: Italian

Third most-common ancestry: English

Michigan

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: Irish

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Minnesota

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Norwegian

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Mississippi

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

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Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: White/Caucasian

Missouri

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: United States

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Montana

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

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Third most-common ancestry: American Indian

Nebraska

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

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Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Mexican

Nevada

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: African-American

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New Hampshire

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Irish

Second most-common ancestry: English

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Third most-common ancestry: French

New Jersey

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Italian

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Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: African-American

New Mexico

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: American Indian

Third most-common ancestry: Hispanic

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New York

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Italian

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

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Third most-common ancestry: African-American

North Carolina

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

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Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: English

North Dakota

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Norwegian

Third most-common ancestry: American Indian

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Ohio

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Oklahoma

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Most common self-reported ancestry: American Indian

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Second most-common ancestry: German

Third most-common ancestry: White/Caucasian

Oregon

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: English

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Pennsylvania

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

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Third most-common ancestry: Italian

Rhode Island

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Italian

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Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Portuguese

South Carolina

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: German

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South Dakota

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Norwegian

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Third most-common ancestry: American Indian

Tennessee

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Most common self-reported ancestry: United States

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Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Texas

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Most common self-reported ancestry: Mexican

Second most-common ancestry: African-American

Third most-common ancestry: German

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Utah

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Most common self-reported ancestry: English

Second most-common ancestry: German

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Third most-common ancestry: Mexican

Vermont

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Most common self-reported ancestry: English

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Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: United States

Virginia

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Most common self-reported ancestry: African-American

Second most-common ancestry: United States#

Third most-common ancestry: German

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Washington

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

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Third most-common ancestry: Mexican

West Virginia

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

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Second most-common ancestry: United States

Third most-common ancestry: Irish

Wisconsin

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: Irish

Third most-common ancestry: Polish

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Wyoming

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Most common self-reported ancestry: German

Second most-common ancestry: English

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Third most-common ancestry: Irish

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