Tuesday, March 4, 2014
On average Latinos have about 70% European ancestry, 14% Native American ancestry and 6% African ancestry
The remainder ancestry is difficult to assign because the DNA is either shared by a number of different populations around the world, or because it’s from understudied populations, such as Native Americans. Obviously that large “unassigned” percentage means that those “averages” could be higher. Looking at the regional and state-to-state numbers for self-identified Latinos, the differences are striking. For example, some Latinos have no discernible Native American ancestry, while in others have as much as 50% of the ancestry being Native American. Latinos in states in the Southwest, bordering Mexico — New Mexico, Texas, California and Arizona — have the greatest percentage of Native American ancestry. Latinos in states with the largest proportion of African Americans in their population — South Carolina, Louisiana and Alabama — have the highest percentage of African Ancestry.