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Ancestry

The data presented is provided by the question on a person’s ancestry in the 2010 U.S. Census American Community Survey.  Ancestry refers to a person’s ethnic origin, heritage, or place of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States.

In 2010, the ten top ancestry groups reported in the Archdiocese of Newark reflects the diverse ethnic history of immigration of the northeast area of the United States.  The chart presenting the top ten groups (in thousands) is as follows:

Table 1

See the following Table 2 for the numbers of people reporting the Top Ten Ancestry groups. 

Table 2

Numbers of People who Reported 2010 Total Ancestry
Ancestry Group
Total Number in Archdiocese in 2010
Hispanic Origin
718,955
Puerto Rican
163,369
Dominican Republic
97,039
Ecuadorian
75,443
Colombian
57,095
Italian
359,429
Irish
268,053
German
174,430
Polish
134,470
English
76,823
US American
71,581
Russian
62,577
Portugeuse
51,775
Sub-Saharan Africa
46,674

In 2010, the largest ethnic group reported in the Archdiocese is Hispanic with the Puerto Rican race being the largest Hispanic group followed by Dominican; Ecuadorian and the Colombian race. 

The next largest non-Hispanic ethnic group within the Archdiocese of Newark in rank order is Italian, Irish, German and Polish respectively.

For the first time in 2010, the Sub-Saharan African ethnic group is ranked among the top ancestry groupings with Essex and Union Counties among the most populated in the Archdiocese of Newark.

The following Table 3 shows the main ancestry groups by County of the Archdiocese of Newark:  Please note that the number one ancestry group for Essex, Hudson and Union Counties is Hispanic; while in Bergen County, the largest ethnic group is Italian.

Table 3

Top Two Ancestry Groups by County
County
Hispanic
Italian
Bergen
145,281
173,318
Hudson
159,117
77,966
Essex
267,853
53,373
Union
146,704
54,772