Seattle, WA Population by Race & Ethnicity

Racial distribution of Seattle population: 64.94% are White, 6.79% are Black or African American, 0.54% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 16.32% are Asian, 0.23% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 2.42% are some other race and 8.77% are multiracial.
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Updated Aug 31, 2023

Seattle, WA population by race

The table below shows Seattle's population by race.

Race Population % of Total Population
White 471,472 64.94%
Black or African American 49,266 6.79%
American Indian and Alaska Native 3,931 0.54%
Asian 118,501 16.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1,706 0.23%
Some other race 17,538 2.42%
Two or more races (multiracial) 63,640 8.77%
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Seattle population by race

Of the 5 race categories (excluding ethnicity) identified by the Census Bureau, namely American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and White; Seattle has a population in all of the race categories.

This confirms that Seattle's population has become increasingly diverse.

The percent distribution of Seattle population by race (across all racial categories recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau): 64.94% are White, 6.79% are Black or African American, 0.54% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 16.32% are Asian, 0.23% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 2.42% are some other race and 8.77% are multiracial.

The bar chart shows Seattle, WA population by race, in percentage. The numbers shown are based on the American Community Survey respondents self identified race. The Hispanic and Latino population is spread across the races identified and not as a separate race category.
Seattle, WA population by race. The largest racial group in Seattle is White with a population of 471,472 (64.94% of the total population). Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021 5-Year Estimates.

Seattle's racial breakdown clearly shows that there is an absolute majority (i.e. more than 50% of the population belong to one particular race) of White population in the city.

As per the latest data estimates from American Community Survey's 5-year estimates:

1. The largest racial group in Seattle is White with a population of 471,472 (64.94% of the total population).

2. The multiracial population, i.e. population that identify themselves with two or more races, is 63,64 (8.77% of the total population).

Racial / Ethnic makeup of Seattle, WA

By ethnicity, 52,316 (7.21% of the total population) is Hispanic or Latino (of any race), and 673,738 (92.79% of the total population) is Non-Hispanic.

The pie chart shows racial / ethnic makeup of  Seattle, WA. The numbers shown are based on the American Community Survey respondents self identified race and ethnicity. The Hispanic or Latino population is excluded from the other identified racial categories and shown as one single group as Hispanic or Latino population.
Racial / Ethnic makeup of Seattle, WA. By ethnicity, 52,316 (7.21% of the total population) is Hispanic or Latino (of any race) and 673,738 (92.79% of the total population) is Non-Hispanic. Please note that all Hispanic or Latino population are shown as one single group and the other racial categories are Non-Hispanic population percentages. Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021 5-Year Estimates.

Of the Non-Hispanic population in Seattle, the largest racial group is White alone with a population of 451,369 (66.99% of the total Non-Hispanic population).

Seattle Non-Hispanic population by race

The distribution of the Non-Hispanic population across various race categories

Race Population % of Total Non-Hispanic Population
White alone 451,369 66.99%
Black or African American alone 48,304 7.17%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 2,805 0.42%
Asian alone 117,496 17.44%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 1,661 0.25%
Some other race alone 3,046 0.45%
Two or more races (multiracial) 49,057 7.28%
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Among the Hispanic population in Seattle, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 30,743 (58.76% of the total Hispanic population).

Seattle Hispanic or Latino population

The distribution of the Hispanic or Latino population by their ancestries

Origin Population % of Total Hispanic Population
Mexican 30,743 58.76%
Puerto Rican 2,613 4.99%
Cuban 1,466 2.80%
Other Hispanic or Latino 17,494 33.44%
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Things to know

What percentage of Seattle, WA is Hispanic?

As per the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey estimates, 7.21% of Seattle population is Hispanic.

Among the Hispanic population in Seattle, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 30,743 (58.76% of the total Hispanic population).

How many Black people does Seattle, WA have?

Seattle, WA has 49,266 Black or African American population as per the estimates from the latest American Community Survey 5-Year estimates. Overall 6.79% of the total population (excluding multiracial) in Seattle is Black.

What is the largest minority group in Seattle, WA?

With 7.21% of the total population, Hispanic and Latino Americans are the largest ethnic minority in Seattle.

That being said, with a 6.79% of the total population, Black or African Americans are the largest racial minority in Seattle.

What is the majority race in Seattle, WA?

With a population of 471,472 (64.94% of the total population), Whites are the largest racial majority in Seattle.

Black or African Americans are second largest race in Seattle, with 6.79% of the total population.

References

Datasets

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2023
Seattle, WA Population Breakdown by Race
Last updated August 18, 2023
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2017-2021
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the population of Seattle by race. It includes the population of Seattle across racial categories (excluding ethnicity) as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the population distribution of Seattle across relevant racial categories.

Key observations

The percent distribution of Seattle population by race (across all racial categories recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau): 64.94% are white, 6.79% are Black or African American, 0.54% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 16.32% are Asian, 0.23% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 2.42% are some other race and 8.77% are multiracial.

Seattle population by race

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021 5-Year Estimates.

Racial categories include:

  • White
  • Black or African American
  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Some other race
  • Two or more races (multiracial)

Variables / Data Columns

  • Race: This column displays the racial categories (excluding ethnicity) for the Seattle
  • Population: The population of the racial category (excluding ethnicity) in the Seattle is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each race as a proportion of Seattle total population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

Good to know

Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for Seattle Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

Seattle, WA Non-Hispanic Population Breakdown by Race
Last updated August 18, 2023
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2017-2021
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the Non-Hispanic population of Seattle by race. It includes the distribution of the Non-Hispanic population of Seattle across various race categories as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the Non-Hispanic population distribution of Seattle across relevant racial categories.

Key observations

Of the Non-Hispanic population in Seattle, the largest racial group is White alone with a population of 451,369 (66.99% of the total Non-Hispanic population).

Seattle Non-Hispanic population by race

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021 5-Year Estimates.

Racial categories include:

  • White
  • Black or African American
  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Some other race
  • Two or more races (multiracial)

Variables / Data Columns

  • Race: This column displays the racial categories (for Non-Hispanic) for the Seattle
  • Population: The population of the racial category (for Non-Hispanic) in the Seattle is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each race as a proportion of Seattle total Non-Hispanic population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

Good to know

Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for Seattle Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

Seattle, WA Hispanic or Latino Population Distribution by Their Ancestries
Last updated August 18, 2023
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2017-2021
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the Seattle Hispanic or Latino population. It includes the distribution of the Hispanic or Latino population, of Seattle, by their ancestries, as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the origin of the Hispanic or Latino population of Seattle.

Key observations

Among the Hispanic population in Seattle, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 30,743 (58.76% of the total Hispanic population).

Seattle Non-Hispanic population by race

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021 5-Year Estimates.

Origin for Hispanic or Latino population include:

  • Mexican
  • Black or African American
  • Puerto Rican
  • Cuban
  • Other Hispanic or Latino

Variables / Data Columns

  • Origin: This column displays the origin for Hispanic or Latino population for the Seattle
  • Population: The population of the specific origin for Hispanic or Latino population in the Seattle is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Hispanic Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each Hispanic origin as a proportion of Seattle total Hispanic or Latino population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

Good to know

Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for Seattle Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

If you're looking for datasets from another year, please feel free to contact us at research@neilsberg.com and we'll be happy to assist you further.

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