Moldovan Americans
Total population
7,859, including 7,156 first ancestry and 703 second ancestry (Moldovan ancestry, 2000 US Census)[1]
55,977 (Moldovan-born, 2022 American Community Survey)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Asheville (North Carolina), New York City, Washington, D.C., California (Especially Sacramento,) Washington (Seattle, Tacoma,) Chicago
Romanian, American English, Russian
Eastern Orthodoxy, Judaism, Protestantism
Related ethnic groups
Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian

Moldovan Americans are Americans who are from Moldova or are descended from Moldovans. According to the U.S. 2000 census, there were 7,859 Moldovan Americans in the United States. The American Community Survey indicated that the number born in Moldova greatly increased over the years, and in 2014 exceeded 40,000 people in the United States. Most Moldovan Americans are Eastern Orthodox.


In the 2010 U.S. census and subsequently, the largest part of the population born in Moldova self-identified as being of Romanian ancestry. The 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimate results based on population surveys show 20,128 people born in the Republic of Moldova (50.82%) who identified themselves as being of "Romanian ancestry".[3] In that year, there were 39,603 individuals born in Moldova in the United States.[4] By contrast, 131,323 individuals who declared a Romanian ancestry were born in Romania and 1,438 in Ukraine.[5] However, many other Moldovan-born people were of other ancestries. In 2015, 7,968 of them declared themselves to be of "Russian ancestry", probably including some Russian-speaking Jews,[6] 3,747 declared themselves to be of Ukrainian ancestry,[7] 332 declared themselves to be of Bulgarian ancestry,[8] and 126 declared themselves to be of Turkish ancestry (mainly Gagauz).[9] No inhabitants of the U.S. declared a Gagauz ancestry in the 2020 census.[10] The number of people originating from Moldova who indicated Polish ancestry was 228,[11] while 126 declared German ancestry,[12] 43 declared Israeli ancestry,[13] and 196 declared "European" ancestry.[14] In 2021, out of 52,107 individuals born in the Republic of Moldova living in the United States,[15] 26,921 (51.66%) declared a Romanian ancestry,[16] 8,155 (15.65%) declared a Russian ancestry,[17] 5,058 (9.71%) declared a Ukrainian ancestry,[18] 321 (0.62%) declared a Bulgarian ancestry [19] and 152 (0.29%) a Turkish ancestry (mainly Gagauz).[20] The number of people from Moldova who indicated an Israeli ancestry was 23,[21] while 437 declared a Polish ancestry,[22] 167 a German ancestry[23] and 468 a "European" ancestry.[24]

Moldovan communities exist in cities such as Asheville, New York, Washington, D.C.,[25] Chicago and Seattle.[26] Moldovans have Moldovan food restaurants in the United States, in places such as New York City.[27][28]

Most Moldovan Americans are Eastern Orthodox, and attend overwhelmingly ethnic Romanian parishes of the Orthodox Church of America.


Moldova-born population in the US since 2010:[2]

Year Number
2010 33,659
2011 Increase34,152
2012 Increase41,340
2013 Decrease34,913
2014 Increase41,193
2015 Increase43,564
2016 Decrease42,403
2017 Increase47,156
2018 Increase47,767
2019 Decrease46,388
2020 Increase48,216
2021 Increase60,097
2022 Decrease55,977

According to estimates from the Migration Policy Institute website for 2017 - 21,[29] the population of immigrants from Moldova in the USA was 52,100. The top counties of settlement were as follows:

1) Sacramento County, California ‐--‐---‐----------‐---------------------- 5,400

2) Brooklyn Borough, NYC, New York ‐---------------------------------- 4,100

3) Cook County, Illinois ---------------‐-----‐--------‐---------‐-‐------‐------ 2,100

4) King County, Washington -------------------------------------------‐----- 2,000

5) Los Angeles County, California ---------------------------------------- 1,600

6) Pierce County, Washington ---------------------------------------------- 1,400


Several Moldovan associations can be found in the United States, such as the "Moldova for Democracy and Development" and "Grigore Vieru" organizations in Brooklyn, New York.[25] Another important Moldovan association is "The Moldova Foundation", a non-profit organization established in Washington, D.C. in 2003, whose main goal is to support people in Moldova and to encourage them to establish economic reforms and a democratic system in the country (which would include "freedom of speech, pluralism and private initiative"), through support of the United States and the European Union.[30]

Notable people


Notable Americans of Moldovan-Jewish descent.

See also


  1. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "PLACE OF BIRTH FOR THE FOREIGN-BORN POPULATION IN THE UNITED STATES, Universe: Foreign-born population excluding population born at sea, 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year. Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
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  25. ^ a b Embassy of Republic of Moldova to the United States of America, Canada and Mexico: Moldovan Community organizations in the USA and Canada.
  26. ^ "Moldovan in Seattle – Seattle Community Event Calendar". Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  27. ^ Ligaya Mishan (August 28, 2014). "Hungry City: Moldova in Midwood, Brooklyn". The New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  28. ^ "Moldova Restaurant - Brooklyn, NY". Yelp. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
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