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Most common ancestries in the USA


matteroftaste
10 Feb 2010  #1
p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Most_common_ancestries_in_the_United_St ates.svg

I wonder what you guys think about. Is it very surprising to you? Is it what you were expecting?


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Cheery 10 | 126
10 Feb 2010  #2
What do those colours indicate, man? US is mostly inhabitated by blue people? Give me a key, man.
OP matteroftaste
10 Feb 2010  #3
the key is the link above it man but anyway

blue German
red American
orange Mexican
green Irish
light green-blue African
purple Italian
brown English
yellow Filipino
red-brown Puerto Rico
Cheery 10 | 126
10 Feb 2010  #4
I suppose it's about right with the Italians...
Population is more dense in the East coast.
OP matteroftaste
10 Feb 2010  #5
I suppose it's about right with the Italians...

most likely with everyone else too :-)
I just wonder how people on this PF feel about it. I could imagine some of them expected a little different facts.
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
10 Feb 2010  #6
blue German
red American
orange Mexican
green Irish
light green-blue African
purple Italian
brown English
yellow Filipino
red-brown Puerto Rico

Evidently there are no black Americans in the U.S.
OP matteroftaste
10 Feb 2010  #7
look at the light green - blue color, you must have overlooked it. We call them African-American. It's specified here as African.
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
11 Feb 2010  #8
you must have overlooked it.

You're right; I was multi tasking and speed reading but that's no excuse.

That map still doesn't make much sense. Too many people are spread out throughout the U.S. and attempting to show the immense diversity of people in geographic areas doesn't work. Most Americans are mongrels anyway.
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #9
Too many people are spread out throughout the U.S.

right but it's about most common ancestries in the USA, it doesn't say that there are no other people but the ones specified on that list. Where it shows Germans, it doesn't mean that there are no Irish or Polish and such.
sledz 23 | 2,250
11 Feb 2010  #10
right but it's about most common ancestries in the USA,

I would say its a pretty accurate map

If they made an updated version, my state (city) would have every color in it:)

Illinois and Wisconsin still has a very large German population
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #11
If they made an updated version, my state (city) would have every color in it:)

I fully agree with that 1 it's just that the most common doesn't necessarily mean that it's showing the very new development. I mean this site is from July 2008 but it shows our most common ancestors on this territory. To me personally it doesn't matter, Americans are Americans as long as they feel that way. I wouldn't make any difference between a Polish-American and a German-American
jonni 16 | 2,485
11 Feb 2010  #12
Is that most common ancestries by number or by percentage?

There seems a lot of blue, but somewhere like North Dakota looks huge on the map and somewhere like New Jersey looks small, but the populations are very different.
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #13
Is that most common ancestries by number or by percentage?

in general the highest number (I assume you mean the number of members of a certain national group, right?) guaranties the highest percentage too but if you mean something else please explain it.

for example let's say, the whole population is 10mln. and 5mln. of them are Germans so automatically we're talking about 50% of them are Germans etc...
jonni 16 | 2,485
11 Feb 2010  #14
(I assume you mean the number of members of a certain national group, right?) guaranties the highest percentage too but if you mean something else please explain it

State of (for example) North Mexiginia, 10 million inhabitants, 1 million (for example) Poles, 10%. State of Nevifornia, 2 million inhabitants, 1 million Poles, 50%.
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #15
I guess that's basically what they mean, the percentage according to the population. To be honest it doesn't really matter because we're all Americans. What it shows is only where our most common ancestors came from. Like I said, I love my people doesn't matter if they have Polish, Russian or German background but it's a known truth, most of us have a German background. When they voted for which language is going to be used in our country it's been only 1 vote more for English, otherwise we all would be speaking German right now.
Mr Grunwald 19 | 1,542
11 Feb 2010  #16
Were Norwegians wiped out? :O
Or are they counted as Germans?
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #17
absolutely not but they're just not the most common ancestors in our country.
Cheery 10 | 126
11 Feb 2010  #18
There are several scarcely populated states. Another accurate figure is the Irish population in the New England area; there are supposedly more Irish there than in Ireland.
sledz 23 | 2,250
11 Feb 2010  #19
Irish population in the New England area; there are supposedly more Irish there than in Ireland.

It could very well be so?

There are more Polish in Chicago than any other city, besides Warsaw
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #20
I'm actually very surprised there are not really many Brits among our ancestors.
I expected more of them.
jonni 16 | 2,485
11 Feb 2010  #21
Me too, especially in New England, and Scots in the MidWest. That map shows only the first place - perhaps they were in second place in a lot of states.
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #22
That map shows only the first place - perhaps they were in second place

yeah maybe

I'd like to ask my fellow Americans here, where their ancestors came from. My ancestors came from Lithuania and Germany. How about you?
Cheery 10 | 126
11 Feb 2010  #23
I'm not American, so......
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #24
Geez, I thought you were because you were the first one to show interest, :-)
Tymoteusz 2 | 353
11 Feb 2010  #25
Were Norwegians wiped out? :O
Or are they counted as Germans?

Many Norwegians in Wisconsin. In my school you were either Norwegian or Polish.

I am American, but my ancestery is Polish, Irish, Brit, and Native. I am a collection of the best that humanity has to offer. I fear I may even be Immortal. My drinking ability is the stuff of legend.

Although I consider most of Europe to be inbred, I am willing to share my superior seed with European females under the right conditions. I would ask all ladies interested in calving a superior child to E-mail me a picture of yourself and place an initial bid (in USD) for my generous services. Its not about the money, I do this for the greater good.
OP matteroftaste
11 Feb 2010  #26
Tymoteusz

WWIII in a few , lol

I am American, but my ancestery is Polish, Irish, Brit, and Native

geez, that's even more complicated than mine, lol
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
13 Feb 2010  #28
I am willing to share my superior seed with European females under the right conditions. I would ask all ladies interested in calving a superior child to E-mail me a picture of yourself and place an initial bid (in USD) for my generous services. Its not about the money, I do this for the greater good.

Damn, you sound like me. As a gender Guru (I am the Zimmy Lama) is it possible that I mentored you? (makes me proud)
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
13 Feb 2010  #29
only if you are able to show a proof of your achievements thus far, because so far you showed a good ability to use google search;).

I think Tymoteusz was being sarcastic.
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
13 Feb 2010  #30
because so far you showed a good ability to use google search;).

It is true that I've proven my points by backing them up with links. That seems to be an alien concept to you so just continue going with your 'feelings' about things instead. In this way your self-centered prejudiced convictions will remain intact and this emotional cover will distance you from the threat of objective reality.

I think Tymoteusz was being sarcastic.

My comments while true are satiric but sprinkled with a pinch of irony, a tablespoon of mocking and a dash of playful acerbic prose.


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