Venezuelan of European descent

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White Venezuelans
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Total population
43.6% of the Venezuelan population[1][2]
Regions with significant populations
   Entire country; highest percents found in Andean, Central, Capital region and major urban-conglomerations.
Spanish Venezuelan
small minorities speak Italian, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese, Arabic, English, French, Polish, and Alemán Coloniero, a dialect of German.
Related ethnic groups
Other Venezuelans, Spaniards, Italians, Portuguese, Germans, Ukrainians, Syrians, Lebanese, Arab Venezuelan, White Colombians, White Hispanic, White Latin Americans White Americans

European Venezuelans or white Venezuelans are Venezuelan citizens who self-identify in the national census as white,[1] tracing their heritage to European ethnic groups. According to the official census report, although "white" literally involves external issues such as light skin, shape and color of hair and eyes, among others, the term "white" has been used in different ways in different historical periods and places, and so its precise definition is somewhat confusing.[1]:65

According to the 2011 National Population and Housing Census, 43.6% of the population identified themselves as white people.[1] A genomic study shows that about 61.5% of the Venezuelan gene pool has European origin. Among the Latin American countries in the study (Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela), Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina exhibit the highest European contribution.[3]

The ancestry of White Venezuelans is primarily Spaniard.[citation needed]


Spaniards settled Venezuela during the colonial period. Most of them were from Andalusia, Galicia, Basque Country and from the Canary Islands.[citation needed] Until the last years of World War II, a large part of the European immigrants to Venezuela came from the Canary Islands, and its cultural impact was significant, influencing the development of the Spanish language in the country, the Venezuelan gastronomy and customs.[citation needed]

During the 19th century the bulk of the white Dominicans migrated to Venezuela[citation needed] due to the political and economic instability in their country, especially after the French and Haitian annexation, but also because of constant coups and civil wars; they went from being half to barely a fifth of the Dominican population.[citation needed]

Geographic distribution[edit]

White Venezuelan population by Venezuelan state[edit]

The following is a sortable table of the white Venezuelan proportion of the population in each Venezuelan state, according to the 2011 Census data.[1]:table 2.12 on page 30

Rank (by %) State White Venezuelan population (2011) % white[1]
1 Flag of Táchira.svg Tachira 743,013 58.8%
2 Flag of Mérida.svg Mérida 479,021 53.7%
3 Flag of Caracas.svg Capital District 1,079,892 51.2%
4 Flag of Trujillo State.svg Trujillo 369,961 48.3%
5 Flag of Nueva Esparta.svg Nueva Esparta 217,828 47.1%
6 Flag of Zulia State.svg Zulia 1,799,760 46.3%
7 Flag of Miranda state.svg Miranda 1,387,265 45.8%
8 Flag of Vargas State.svg Vargas 153,252 44.7%
9 Flag of Aragua State.svg Aragua 763,351 43.4%
10 Flag of Carabobo State.svg Carabobo 1,010,138 42.7%
11 Flag of Barinas State.svg Barinas 344,265 41.9%
11 Flag of Lara State.svg Lara 800,225 41.9%
13 Flag of Anzoátegui State.svg Anzoátegui 629,802 40.0%
14 Bolivar State flag.png Bolívar 646,059 39.2%
15 Flag of Falcón.svg Falcón 375,823 38.9%
16 Flag of Monagas State.png Monagas 359,473 38.8%
17 Flag of Sucre State.svg Sucre 375,688 38.5%
18 Flag of Portuguesa.svg Portuguesa 348,745 37.0%
21 Flag of Delta Amacuro State.svg Delta Amacuro 62,457 36.4%
22 Flag of Cojedes State.svg Cojedes 115,437 35.6%
23 Flag of Yaracuy State.svg Yaracuy 229,542 35.5%
24 Flag of Amazonas State.svg Amazonas 54,102 34.4%
25 Guarico-bandera.jpg Guárico 264,036 32.9%
25 Flag of Apure State.svg Apure 157,193 30.2%

Percentage of white Venezuelans in municipalities[edit]

This map shows the percentage ranges of the people who identified themselves as white on the 2011 Census. Note that it may include people of White Latin American, White American, White Canadian, Canarian, Berber, Levantine, Arab and Jewish ancestry, and other peoples that are not European.

The top 20 communities (municipalities) with the highest percentage of White Venezuelans according to the 2011 Census:[4]

  1. Chacao (Metropolitan District of Caracas) 72.20%
  2. Umuquena (San Judas Tadeo), Táchira 71.80%
  3. Cordero (Andrés Bello), Táchira 70.11%
  4. Lechería (Diego Bautista), Anzoátegui 70.10%
  5. El Hatillo (Metropolitan District of Caracas) 68.80%
  6. San Antonio de Los Altos (Los Salias), Miranda 66.90%
  7. Baruta (Metropolitan District of Caracas) 66.40%
  8. Canaguá (Arzobispo Chacón), Mérida and Lobatera (Lobatera), Táchira 65.50%
  9. La Grita (Jáuregui), Táchira 64.70%
  10. San Cristóbal, Táchira 64.50%
  11. El Junko (Metropolitan District of Caracas) 63.20%
  12. Táriba, Táchira 62.80%
  13. Michelena, Táchira 62.50
  14. Palmira (Guásimos), Táchira 62.30%
  15. Seboruco (Seboruco), Táchira 61.90%
  16. Pueblo Llano, Mérida 61.30
  17. Tovar, Mérida 60.90%
  18. Colonia Tovar (Tovar), Aragua 60.80%
  19. Capacho Nuevo (Independencia), Táchira 60.20%
  20. El Cobre (José María Vargas), Táchira 60.00%

Density of white Venezuelans in municipalities[edit]

The top 20 communities (municipalities) by population density (per km2) of white Venezuelans, according to the 2011 Census:[4]

  1. Chacao (Metropolitan District of Caracas) 3,962.69
  2. Santa Rita (Francisco Linares Alcántara), Aragua 2,604.25
  3. Carlos Soublette, Vargas 2,506.08
  4. Capital District (Metropolitan District of Caracas) 2,493.38
  5. Baruta (Metropolitan District of Caracas) 2,479.77
  6. Sucre (Metropolitan District of Caracas) 1,967.07
  7. Maracaibo, Zulia 1,835.49
  8. Lechería (Diego Bautista), Anzoátegui 1,668.23
  9. Porlamar (Mariño), Nueva Esparta 1,176.69
  10. San Francisco, Zulia 1,110.25
  11. Los Guayos, Carabobo 1,107.78
  12. Catia La Mar, Vargas 1,094.47
  13. San Antonio de Los Altos (Los Salias), Miranda 1065.68
  14. Carrizal, Miranda 970.25
  15. El Limón (Mario Briceño Iragorry), Aragua 944.04
  16. Palmira (Guásimos), Táchira 932.00
  17. Santa Cruz (José Angel Lamas), Aragua 800.90
  18. San Cristóbal, Táchira 766.64
  19. Cagua (Sucre), Aragua 761.63
  20. Pampatar (Maneiro), Nueva Esparta 749.08

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Resultado Básico del XIV Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2011 (Mayo 2014)" (PDF). p. 29. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Venezuelan population by 30/Jun/2014 is 30,206,307 according National Institute of Stadistics
  3. ^ Godinho, Neide Maria de Oliveira (2008). "O impacto das migrações na constituição genética de populações latino-americanas". Universidade de Brasília. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b