What Is the Largest Ethnic Subculture in the United States?

African Americans make up 12.85 percent of the United States' population, making them the largest ethnic subculture in the country as of 2014. Asians account for 4.43 percent of the population, followed by Alaska natives and Amerindians.

Although Hispanic Americans make up 15.1 percent of the total population, the U.S. Census Bureau counts this ethnic group separately in the census. The U.S. government considers Hispanic Americans an ethnic subculture, even though many from the group consider the categorization of "Hispanic" to be a race rather than an ethnicity. Hispanics are people who are of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin, including those of Puerto Rican, Mexican, Dominican Republic or South and Central American origin. Some Hispanic Americans also come from a mixed-race background.