The number of Americans who self identify as having Scots Irish ancestry in the 2013 census survey declined by almost half since 2006. Today, only 3 million Americans with Scots Irish descent are visible in the United States. In 2006 that number was 5.4 million. This is true despite the profile of Scots Irish immigrants having most definitely become more widely known in American, following the works of former Virginia Senator James Webb (“Born Fighting”) and others.
The 2013 estimate of Scottish Americans living in the US has declined by about 50,000 to 5.3 million. Scottish Americans are on the decline as far as reporting anyway, but have not dipped below 5 million in decades. We have always found that number curiously low and we do note that Americans have the option of listing themselves as of ‘American’ ancestry (22 million +) or perish the thought English (24 million +). Dollars to donuts a fair number of these 46 million Americans have Scotland in their blood and just don’t know it – yet.