What's the Ancestry in Your State?Check the Ancestry Map

Posted: Apr 21 2014

What's the ancestry in your state?  Well there's a map that shows the race and ethnicities that were most prominent in the U.S. in the year 2000.  Check out your state...you might be a little surprised! 

German - 49 Million
You can see the largest swath of the U.S. population is of German descent.  The blue marking German descent covers much of the country including the midwest.  As of the year 2000, there were 49,206,934 people living in the U.S. of German descent.  A high point for German immigration occurred in the 1800s due to unrest and lack of jobs in Germany.  

Numerous celebrites are of German descent and include: Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Kim Basinger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Doris Day, Dakota Fanning, Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Johnny Depp, Carol Channing, Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway, Betty Grable, Jon Hamm, Bruce Lee, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Street, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, President Obama, Former President George W. Bush, Fred Astaire, Jimmy Kimmel, Sandra Bullock, Justin Bieber, Cher.

Black/African-American - 41 Million
Many African-Americans were brought to the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries. There were approximately 41,284,752 African-Americans living in the U.S.

Irish - 35 Million
Approximately 4.5 million Irish moved to the U.S. over a 100 year period starting in 1820.  And as of 2000, approximately 35,523,082 of people living in the U.S. were of Irish descent.  Compare the 35 Million in 2000, to the population of Ireland which was 4.5 million in 2012.  Notable Americans of Irish descent include: Jack Welch, Eddie Murphy, Walt Disney, Bill Murray, Conan O'Brien

Mexican - 31 Million
While Mexicans gain alot of news time for their immigration - they are not the largest population ancestry - evidenced above.  However - their population has experienced one of the largest growth surges.  Between the years of 1990-2000, the Mexican population in the U.S. doubled to approximately 31,789,483. 

English - 29 Million
There were approximately 26,923,091 people living in the U.S. of English descent in 2000.  Many may be found living along the East Coast. Notable Americans of English descent include Bill Gates, John Glenn, Robert Altman, Hugh Hefner, Alec Baldwin, Halle Berry, Charlie Chaplin, Bette David, Ellen DeGeneres, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Britney Spears

Italian - 17 Million
The Italians have definitely made their mark on American life with food, customs, and holidays.  Approximately 17,558,598 Italians were living in the U.S. in 2000. Notable Americans of Italian descent include Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, Hulk Hogan, Jay Leno, Kelly Ripa, Tony Bennett, the Jonas brothers, Alicia Keys, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, John Travolta, Nancy Pelosi

 -Zee Diaz


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