German American Community Service
 Information for the German American Community

Who's Counting?
The l990 Census of German-Americans

The results of the 1990 U.S. Census indicate that the total U.S. population is: 248,709,873.
The five major groups and their percentages of the total population are as follows:

 1. German 57,985,595  (23.3 %)
 2. Irish 38,739,548  (15.6 %)
 3. English 32,655,779  (13.1 %)
 4. Italian 14,714,939  (5.9 %)
 5. Polish  9,366,106  (3.8 %)

The "German" category does not include Germans from other German-speaking states and regions of Europe and the Americas. Hence, to the "German" statistic the following can be added:

 1. Austrian 870,531
2. Swiss-German 700,000

 (this is 70% of the total Swiss statistic)
3. Pennsylvania German 305,841
 4. Luxemburger 49,061
 5. Alsatian 16,465
6. German-Russian 10,153

These six additional Germanic ethnic groups total 1,952,051.
The total combination then of all seven German ethnic categories is:

 German 57,985,595  (23.3 %)
 Other categories 1,952,051  (4.8 %)
Total 59,937,646  (24.09 %)

The results clearly confirm that German-Americans constitute nearly a full one-fourth of the population. German-Americans take pride in the fact that they are the major ethnic group in America, just as they can be proud of their long history, dating back to the arrival of the first Gerrnans in America at Jamestown, Virginia in 1608.

The 1980 Census included a map of Where in the united states Germa-Americans lived...

To see map; you can click the image above or click here...

If you have Adobe Acrobat, you can see and print a clear & sizable map in pdf format here...
July 26, 2004
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