Does ancestry affect the likelihood that someone will start a business? Perhaps. According to Census data, the rate of business ownership varies widely by ancestry group. While the national average is 48.9 self-employed persons per 1,000 of population, the following groups top the list.

Business
Ancestry Ownership
Rank Group Rate*
1 Russian 117.4

2 Lebanese 106.6

3 Rumanian 104.3

4 Swiss 104.2

5 Greek 94.9

6 Armenian 94.5

7 Danish 93.2

8 Syrian 92.7

9 Norwegian 88.2

10 Austrian 85.7

11 Czech 76.9

12 Swedish 76.2

13 Belgian 74.7

14 Latvian 74.4

15 Welsh 72.4

*Defined as the number of self-employed persons per 1,000 of each group's population