Oceanian Americans

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Oceanian Americans
Total population
0.4% of the total U.S. population (2010)
Regions with significant populations
California, Hawaii, New York, Guam, American Samoa, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Washington
American English, Carolinian, Chamorro, Fijian, Hawaiian, Marshallese, Samoan, Tongan, Polynesian languages, others
Predominantly Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Australians, New Zealanders, Pacific Islanders

Oceanian Americans or Oceanic Americans are Americans whose ancestors came from Oceania, a region which is composed of the Australian continent and the Pacific Islands.

There are basically two Oceanian American groups, that well represent the racial and cultural population of Oceania: Euro-Oceanian Americans (Australian Americans and New Zealand Americans) and the indigenous peoples of Oceania in the United States or Pacific Islander Americans (Chamorro Americans, Samoan Americans, etc.) Most of the Euro-Oceanians are descended from the European settlers in Oceania; while Pacific Islanders are of indigenous Oceanian descent.[1]

Oceanian Americans in the 2000 and 2010 United States censuses[edit]

Oceanian Americans in the 2000[2] and 2010 U.S. censuses:[3]

Ancestry 2000 2000 % of Oceanian American population 2010 2010 % of Oceanian American population
Pacific Islander American 874,414 90.18% 1,225,195 91.55%
Australian American 78,544 8.10% 93,063 6.95%
New Zealand American 16,628 1.71% 19,961 1.49%
TOTAL 969,586 100.0% 1,338,219 100.0%


  1. ^ Geographica; VIII, p. 283. Ed: Plaza Editores
  2. ^ The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population, Census 2000
  3. ^ "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 18 January 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2012.