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World Cup Highlights: German Fans Then and Now

THURSDAY, JUN 26, 2014

300px-Flag_of_GermanyToday in the World Cup, USA and Germany play in the match that will determine which Group G teams advance to the next round.  While you tally up your, Social Explorer examined where people from Germany lived in the US during the first World Cup in 1930, and where they live today (to figure out which neighborhood bars would be most exciting to watch the game), using Census and American Community Survey data.  

German has always been one of the largest ancestry groups in the US.  Back in 1930, 1,608,814 members of the foreign-born white population were from Germany (11.5 percent).  Compare the top five most popular foreign populations in the following table: 

Top Foreign Born White Population Groups in 1930
Born in Italy 1,790,424 (12.8 percent)
Born in Germany 1,608,814 (11.5 percent)
Born in Canada 1,278,421 (9.1 percent)
Born in Poland 1,268,583 (9.1 percent)
Born in Russia 1,153,624 (8.2 percent)

And see where German Americans lived in the following map:

Germans in the US (1930 Census) 

Today, 33,666,142 people claiming German ancestry.  Large concentrations of Germans can be seen in the Midwest, especially in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota, where well over half the people who specify an ancestry are German.  While Pennsylvania (2,442,620), Ohio (2,294,172), and California (2,148,007) have the most Germans-American residents, one in three Wisconsinites who specify an ancestry are German.  

Explore more of these communities in the following map:

Germans in the US (American Community Survey 2008-12)

For more World Cup data, check out our overview of Americans with ancestries from all 32 nations competing.

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