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Total population
c. 308 million [1]
2010 United States Census
c. 320 million [2]
2015 estimate
Regions with significant populations
Mexico 738,100–1,000,000 [3] [4]
Canada 316,350–1,000,000 [5] [6]
Philippines 250,000–600,000 [7] [8] [9]
Germany 324,000 [10]
Israel 200,000 [11] [12]
United Kingdom 139,000–197,143 [13] [14]
South Korea 120,000–158,000 [15]
Costa Rica 130,000 [16]
France 100,000 [17]
China 71,493 [18]
Brazil 28,000 - 70,000 [19] [20]
Colombia 60,000 [21]
Hong Kong 60,000 [22]
India 60,000 [23]
Australia 56,276 [24]
Pakistan 52,486 [25]
Japan 51,321 [26]
Italy 50,000 [27]
United Arab Emirates 50,000 [28]
Haiti 45,000 [29]
Saudi Arabia 40,000 [30]
Argentina 37,000 [31]
Norway 33,509 [32]
Bahamas 30,000 [33]
Russia 30,000 [34]
Lebanon 25,000 [35]
Panama 25,000 [36]
El Salvador 19,000 [37]
New Zealand 17,751 [38]
Honduras 15,000 [39]
Chile 12,000 [40]
Taiwan 10,645 [41]
Austria 10,175 [42]
Czech Republic 8,763 [43]
Bermuda 8,000 [44]
Kuwait 8,000 [45]
Primarily English, but also Spanish and others
Primarily Christian ( Protestantism, Catholicism, and Mormonism) [46]
Various non-Christian religions ( Judaism and others) [46]

Americans are citizens of the United States of America. [47] The country is home to people of many different national origins. As a result, many Americans do not equate their nationality with ethnicity, but with citizenship and allegiance. [47] Although citizens make up the majority of Americans, non-citizen residents, dual citizens, and expatriates may also claim an American identity. [48]

English-speakers, and even speakers of many other languages, typically use the term "American" to exclusively mean people of the United States; this developed from its original use to differentiate English people of the American colonies from English people of England. [49] The word " American" can also refer to people from the Americas in general [50] (see Names for United States citizens).


The majority of Americans or their ancestors immigrated to America or are descended from people who were brought as slaves within the past five centuries, with the exception of the Native American population and people from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine Islands who became American through expansion of the country in the 19th century, [51] and American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands in the 20th century. [52]

Despite its multi-ethnic composition, [53] [54] the culture of the United States held in common by most Americans can also be referred to as mainstream American culture, a Western culture largely derived from the traditions of Northern and Western European colonists, settlers, and immigrants. [53] It also includes influences of African-American culture. [55] Westward expansion integrated the Creoles and Cajuns of Louisiana and the Hispanos of the Southwest and brought close contact with the culture of Mexico. Large-scale immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Southern and Eastern Europe introduced a variety of elements. Immigration from Asia, Africa, and Latin America has also had impact. A cultural melting pot, or pluralistic salad bowl, describes the way in which generations of Americans have celebrated and exchanged distinctive cultural characteristics. [53]

In addition to the United States, Americans and people of American descent can be found internationally. As many as seven million Americans are estimated to be living abroad, and make up the American diaspora. [56] [57] [58]

Other Languages
العربية: أمريكيون
azərbaycanca: Amerikalılar
Bân-lâm-gú: Bí-kok-lâng
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Амэрыканцы
čeština: Američané
Cymraeg: Americanwyr
Deutsch: US-Amerikaner
euskara: Estatubatuar
ગુજરાતી: અમેરિકનો
한국어: 미국인
Հայերեն: Ամերիկացիներ
हिन्दी: अमेरिकी
italiano: Statunitensi
ქართული: ამერიკელები
Kurdî: Amerîkan
Кыргызча: Америкалыктар
Latina: Americani
lietuvių: Amerikiečiai
македонски: Американци
მარგალური: ამერიკალეფი
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Amerikaliklar
polski: Amerykanie
саха тыла: Американнар
Scots: Americans
Simple English: Americans
slovenčina: Američania (USA)
српски / srpski: Американци
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Amerikanci (nacija)
Türkçe: Amerikalılar
українська: Американці США
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: شىمالىي ئامېرىكىلىق
Tiếng Việt: Người Mỹ
Zazaki: Amerikani
中文: 美國人