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Belizean Americans

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Belizean Americans
Total population
  • 65,946 (2019)[1]
    54,925 (2010[2])
  • 37,688 (2000[3])
  • 21,205 (1990[4])
Regions with significant populations
California, Los Angeles County, New York City, South Florida, Houston, Chicago, New Orleans
Predominantly Kriol
English, Garifuna, Spanish
Predominantly Protestantism
Related ethnic groups
Afro-Caribbean, Kriols, Garinagu, Mestizos, Indians, African diaspora, Black people, Hispanic and Latino Americans

Belizean Americans are Americans who are of Belizean ancestry. These ancestors might be from Belize or of its diaspora.


About one out of every three Belizeans now live overseas and outside of Belize; the majority have migrated to Anglophone countries, especially the United States, where there are some 54,925 Belizeans,[2] and the United Kingdom, with around 3,000 Belizeans. Smaller numbers now live in Canada.

Kriols and other ethnic groups are emigrating mostly to the United States, but also to the United Kingdom and other developed nations for better opportunities. Based on the latest U.S. Census, Belizeans in the United States are primarily of the Kriol and Garinagu ethnic groups of African, Native American and European descent, who are considered Black in the United States.[5] In 1990, there were about 10,000 Belizean Americans citizens in the United States.[4]

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  1. ^ "Table B04006 - PEOPLE REPORTING ANCESTRY- American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Total ancestry categories tallied for people with one or more ancestry categories reported 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 18, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census. U.S. Bureau of the Census. 2000. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Selected Characteristics for Persons of Belizean Ancestry: 1990". U.S. Census. U.S. Bureau of the Census. February 18, 1998. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "Diaspora of Belize" Council on Diplomacy, Washington, D.C. and Consulate General of Belize.

Further reading[edit]

  • “Belizeans.” Encyclopedia of Chicago History (2005)
  • Babcock, Elizabeth Cooling. "The transformative potential of Belizean migrant voluntary associations in Chicago." International Migration 44.1 (2006): 31–53.
  • Stabin, Tova. "Belizean Americans." Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, edited by Thomas Riggs, (3rd ed., vol. 1, Gale, 2014), pp. 289–299. online
  • Straughan, Jerome F. Belizean Immigrants in Los Angeles (University of Southern California, 2004).

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