Caribbean-American Heritage Month and the U.S. Census Bureau

Repeating Islands


June marks the eighth National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, celebrated since 2006. This significant development began when with a June 2005 resolution by the U.S. House of Representatives, recognizing the significance of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. In celebration of this observance, the U.S. Census Bureau presents a variety of data it publishes related to people of Caribbean heritage (see below).

How Many of Caribbean Ancestry in the United States?  2.7 million is the estimated U.S. population of West Indian ancestry. Some of the largest West Indian ancestry groups in the United States include:

  • Jamaican (1.0 million)
  • Haitian (908,000)
  • Trinidadian and Tobagonian (196,000)
  • Barbadian (62,000)
  • Bahamian (53,000)
  • U.S. Virgin Islander (17,000)

In addition, there are Hispanic or Latino origin groups in the United States who can trace their heritage to this part of the world:

  • Puerto Rican (4.9 million)
  • Cuban (1.9 million)

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