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DUTCH ANCESTRY

The Dutch trace their history in America to Henry Hudson's expedition in 1609.

Unlike the English colonists who were motivated by religious faith, early Dutch settlers came for economic expansion. New Amsterdam was established as a business enterprise and has retained its commercial focus to this day.

In the 2000 census, 4,541,770 people in the U.S. claimed Dutch ancestry.

ePodunk mapped the top communities by percentage of population. The map and the following list show communities in which 1,000 or more people listed an ancestry group, and in which at least 1.5 percent of those people said they were of Dutch ancestry.

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Community Place type% Dutch
Sioux Center, IAcity66.6
Edgerton, MNcity65.8
Hull, IAcity64.7
Rock Valley, IAcity63.9
Overisel, MItownship62.4
Blendon, MItownship56.8
Hudsonville, MIcity55.9
Jamestown, MItownship54.5
Zeeland, MIcity51.5
Oostburg, WIvillage49.8
Zeeland, MIcharTwp48.2
Orange City, IAcity48.1
Fillmore, MItownship45.5
Richland, MItownship44.9
Pella, IAcity42.7
Laketown, MItownship41.3
Alto, WItown41.2
Heath, MItownship41.2
Byron Center, MIpopulated place40.6
Olive, MItownship37.6
Georgetown, MItownship37.5
Sanborn, IAcity36.8
Jenison, MIpopulated place36.3
Polkton, MItownship35.0
Byron, MItownship35.0
Cedar Grove, WIvillage34.8
Manlius, MItownship33.9
Grandville, MIcity33.2
Port Sheldon, MItownship31.9
Fulton, ILcity31.8
Vandenbroek, WItown31.5
Union Grove, ILtownship31.4
Holland, MItownship31.2
Salem, MItownship31.1
Sheldon, IAcity31.0
Randolph, WIvillage30.9
Platte, SDcity30.8
Leighton, MItownship30.4
Rock Rapids, IAcity30.2
Tallmadge, MItownship30.0
Fulton, ILtownship29.8
Holland, WItown29.8
Park, MItownship29.8
Alton, IAcity29.4
Lynden, WAcity28.4
Highland, MItownship28.3
Clymer, NYtown27.6
Holland, MIcity27.4
Lima, WItown27.3
Waupun, WItown27.3
Spring Lake, MIvillage26.6
Allendale, MItownship26.4
Garden Plain, ILtownship26.2
Cutlerville, MIpopulated place25.8
Little Chute, WIvillage25.1
Martin, MItownship24.5
Dorr, MItownship24.0
Kimberly, WIvillage24.0
Robinson, MItownship23.4
Mount Pleasant, ILtownship23.1
Combined Locks, WIvillage22.9
Kaukauna, WItown22.7
Waupun, WItown22.3
Alamo, MItownship22.3
Morrison, ILcity22.3
Freedom, WItown22.0
Dayton, MItownship21.9
Holland, WItown21.8
Chester, WItown21.7
Coopersville, MIcity21.5
Walker, MIcity21.3
Wright, MItownship21.2
Brandon, WIvillage20.9
Chester, MItownship20.9
Monterey, MItownship20.7
Bowne, MItownship20.7
Thornapple, MItownship20.5
Hopkins, MItownship20.2
Wyoming, MIcity20.1
Wayland, MIcity20.1
Caledonia, MItownship20.0
Yankee Springs, MItownship19.9
Grand Haven, MItownship19.8
Sibley, IAcity19.7
Lowell, MItownship19.6
Crockery, MItownship19.6
Grand Haven, MIcity19.5
Keener, INtownship19.5
Monroe, IAcity19.4
Fremont, MIcity19.3
Sheridan, MIcharTwp19.3
Caledonia, MIvillage19.2
Banks, MItownship18.9
George, IAcity18.7
Spring Lake, MItownship18.6
Trenton, WItown18.6
Grant, MItownship18.3
Ferrysburg, MIcity18.2
Wayland, MItownship18.0
Sodus, NYvillage17.6
De Motte, INtown17.4
Marion, NYtown17.4
Union, INtownship17.3
Buchanan, WItown17.2
Ada, MItownship17.2
Larchwood, IAcity17.1
Grand Rapids, MIcharTwp17.1
Vergennes, MItownship17.0
Kaukauna, WIcity17.0
Sodus, NYtown16.9
Winfield, MItownship16.8
Wrightstown, WItown16.8
Luverne, MNcity16.8
Clifton Springs, NYvillage16.8
Reeder, MItownship16.8
Sherman, MItownship16.6
Algoma, MItownship16.6
Cooper, MItownship16.4
Lawrence, WItown16.3
Hope, MItownship16.3
Solon, MItownship16.3
Valley, MItownship16.2
Hawarden, IAcity16.1
Prairie City, IAcity16.1
Kentwood, MIcity16.0
Irving, MItownship16.0
Oskaloosa, IAcity15.9
Plainwell, MIcity15.9
Ensley, MItownship15.6
Otsego, MItownship15.6
Plainfield, MItownship15.6
Sumas, WAcity15.6
Pavilion, MItownship15.5
Watson, MItownship15.4
Fruitport, MIvillage15.4
Arcadia, NYtown15.4
Sparta, MItownship15.4
Fruitport, MIcharTwp15.3
Williamson, NYtown15.2
Saugatuck, MItownship15.2
Rockford, MIcity15.1
Tyrone, MItownship15.1
Wrightstown, WIvillage15.0

Sources: 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, ed. Stephan Thernstrom; Ancestry: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (June 2004); The Island at the Center of the World, Russell Shorto; ePodunk

Mapping by Daniel Shorter


-- October 2005

Other Dutch Ancestry resources:

· DutchGenWeb
· Dutch Collections - Library of Congress
Holland Society of New York
· Netherlands Historical Background - FamilySearch
· Netherlands databases
· Netherlands Genealogy Forum
· Immigration & ship records

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