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Population with German Ancestry in the U.S.

MONDAY, AUG 22, 2022

The national motto of the United States is, “E pluribus unum,” or “out of many, one.” But out of those many, a lot come from Germany, according to a Social Explorer analysis of 2016-20 American Community Survey data. Among the 81.6 million Americans who claim multiple ancestries, the greatest percentage – more than 36 percent — far trace their family roots to Germany.

The vast majority of Americans who claim at least partial German ancestry live on the Great Plains; the figure tops 86 percent in Pierce County, Neb., and Sheridan County, N.D. Indeed, seven of the 10 counties with the greatest percentage of people claiming German ancestry are in the Dakotas.

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German Ancestry, 2020. Click here to explore further.

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Author: Frank Bass

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