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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Americans: Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Will Be: Part 2

Americans: Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Will Be: Part 2


This is the second in a series of blog posts concerning the make-up of America, largely based on Census data from 1999 - 2000 and 2009 - 2010. Happy birthday, America!

Part 2: Where Your Neighbors Were From as of 2000


Thankfully we survived Y2K (remember that?), and the 2000 United States Census was completed.  Here is a quick summary of some of the more interesting information obtained via Census 2000 regarding our collective backgrounds.   The question was posed this way on the Census 2000 form: "What is this person's ancestry or ethnic origin?"


Who lived where, regionally, in the USA in 2000?


Which ethnic groups where the largest in the USA's 4 primary regions in 2000? (Listed in order by total population of region)

South:

  1. African American (14%)

  2. American (11.2%)

  3. German (10%)

  4. Irish (8.8%)

  5. English (8.4%)


Midwest:

  1. German (26.6%)

  2. Irish (11.8%)

  3. English (8.4%)

  4. African American (7.8%)

  5. American (6.5%)


West:

  1. Mexican (16%)

  2. German (13.3%)

  3. English (9.9%)

  4. Irish (9%)

  5. American (4.1%)


Northeast:

  1. Irish (15.8%)

  2. Italian (14.1%)

  3. German (13.6%

  4. English (8.3%)

  5. African American (6.5%


With regard to the 2 states nearest and dearest to my heart (NC & FL):


North Carolina:

  1. African American (16.6%)

  2. American (13.7%)

  3. English (9.5%)

  4. German 9.5%)

  5. Irish (7.4%)


Florida:

  1. German (11.8%)

  2. Irish (10.3%)

  3. English (9.2%)

  4. African American (8.6%)

  5. American (7.8%)