Recent studies in population genetics have concluded that the Dominican gene pool is on average predominantly European, with a significant Sub-Saharan African, Guanche and Indigenous American substrate, the latter two originating in the indigenous people of the Canary Islands and Dominican's pre-Hispanic Taíno inhabitants, respectively.
The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean's most popular tourist destination, offering an abundance of activities, beautiful landscapes, and unique local DR women who would love to show you their unique culture.
Dominicans are also composed of Sephardic Jews that were exiled from Spain and the Mediterranean area in 14, The amount of known Jews (or those with genetic proof of Jewish ancestry and/or practiced Jewish customs/religion throughout generations) are close to 3,000; the exact number of Dominicans with Jewish lineages aren't known, however, because of the inter-mixing of the Jews and Dominicans over a period of more than five centuries.
In the twentieth century, many Chinese, Arabs (primarily from Lebanon and Syria), Japanese and to a lesser degree Koreans settled in the country, working as agricultural laborers and merchants.
The majority of Dominicans reside in the Dominican Republic, although there is also a large Dominican diaspora, mainly in the United States and Spain.
The population of the Dominican Republic in 2007 was estimated by the United Nations at 9,760,000.
It was often referred to as the "Republic of San Domingo" in English language 19th Century publications.