Moldovan Americans

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Moldovan Americans
Total population
7,859, including 7,156 first ancestry and 703 second ancestry (Moldovan ancestry, 2000 US Census)[1]
47,156 (Moldovan-born, 2017 American Community Survey)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Asheville (North Carolina), New York and Washington, D.C.
Romanian, American English, Russian
Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian

Moldovan Americans are Americans who are from Moldova or are descended from Moldovans. According to the U.S. 2000 census, there were 7,859 Moldovan Americans in the United States. However, the American Community Survey indicated that the number of people of Moldovan origin greatly increased over the years, and in 2014 exceeded 40,000 people in the United States. Most Moldovan Americans are Eastern Orthodox.


In the 2010 U.S. census and subsequently, the largest part of the population born in Moldova self-identified as being of Romanian ancestry. The 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimate results based on population surveys show 20,128 people born in the Republic of Moldova who identified themselves as being of "Romanian ancestry".[3] However, many other Moldovan-born people were of other ancestries. In 2015, 7,968 of them declared themselves to be of "Russian ancestry", probably including some Russian-speaking Jews,[4] 3,747 declared themselves to be of Ukrainian ancestry,[5] 332 declared themselves to be of Bulgarian ancestry,[6] and 126 declared themselves to be of Turkish ancestry.[7] No inhabitants of the U.S. declared a Gagauz ancestry in the 2020 census.[8] The number of people originating from Moldova who indicated Polish ancestry was 228,[9] while 126 declared German ancestry,[10] 43 declared Israeli ancestry,[11] and 196 declared "European" ancestry.[12] The 2015 data and other sources suggest that it is likely that about 8,000 residents of the United States identify themselves for census purposes as being of "Moldovan ancestry", but no exact numbers have been made available. This figure includes a number of Jews, given the fact that there is no Jewish ancestry category. Those who self-identify as being of "Moldovan ancestry" are outnumbered by more than two to one by those originating from Moldova who declare a "Romanian ancestry".

Moldovan communities exist in cities such as Asheville, New York and Washington, D.C.[13] Moldovans have Moldovan food restaurants in the United States, in places such as New York City.[14][15]

Most Moldovan Americans are Eastern Orthodox, and attend overwhelmingly ethnic Romanian parishes of the Orthodox Church of America.


Moldova-born population in the US since 2010:[2]

Year Number
2010 33,659
2011 Increase34,152
2012 Increase41,340
2013 Decrease34,913
2014 Increase41,193
2015 Increase43,564
2016 Decrease42,403
2017 Increase47,156


Several Moldovan associations can be found in the United States, such as the "Moldova for Democracy and Development" and "Grigore Vieru" organizations in Brooklyn, New York.[13] Another important Moldovan association is "The Moldova Foundation", a non-profit organization established in Washington, D.C. in 2003, whose main goal is to support people in Moldova and to encourage them to establish economic reforms and a democratic system in the country (which would include "freedom of speech, pluralism and private initiative"), through support of the United States and the European Union.[16]

Notable people[edit]


Notable Americans of Moldovan-Jewish descent.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
  2. ^ a b "PLACE OF BIRTH FOR THE FOREIGN-BORN POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES, Universe: Foreign-born population excluding population born at sea, 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year. Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau: Foreign-born of Romanian descent
  4. ^ United States Census Bureau: Foreign-born of Russian descent
  5. ^ United States Census Bureau: Foreign-born of Ukrainian descent
  6. ^ United States Census Bureau: Foreign-born of Bulgarian descent
  7. ^ United States Census Bureau: Foreign-born of Turkish descent
  8. ^[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ United States Census Bureau: Foreign-born of Polish descent
  10. ^ United States Census Bureau: Foreign-born-born of German descent
  11. ^ United States Census Bureau: Foreign-born of Israeli descent
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data".
  13. ^ a b Embassy of Republic of Moldova to the United States of America, Canada and Mexico: Moldovan Community organizations in the USA and Canada.
  14. ^ Ligaya Mishan (2014-08-28). "Hungry City: Moldova in Midwood, Brooklyn". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  15. ^ Moldova Restaurant - Midwood - Brooklyn, NY - Yelp
  16. ^ Moldova Foundation