Ancestry Maps


Norwegian ancestry map The ePodunk map shows U.S. cities with the highest percentages of people of ancestry. Learn about cities with genealogy and find in-depth community information about the ancestry cities.


Norway's connection to North America dates back to the explorations of Leif Ericson. Immigration began in the 17th century, when sailors settled in the areas now known as New York and Albany.

Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians came to the U.S. after 1820, with most arriving between 1840 and 1915.

In the 2000 census, 4,477,725 people in the U.S. claimed Norwegian 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 25 percent of those people said they were of Norwegian ancestry.

The links at left lead to information on other ethnicities.

Community Place type% Norwegian
Northwood, NDcity55.5
Fertile, MNcity54.4
Blair, WIcity53.3
Crosby, NDcity52.3
Spring Grove, MNcity52.0
Strum, WIvillage50.9
Twin Valley, MNcity49.9
Mayville, NDcity48.5
Westby, WIcity48.1
Cooperstown, NDcity46.6
Rushford, MNcity46.5
Christiana, WItown46.4
Tioga, NDcity45.7
Starbuck, MNcity45.0
Hawley, MNcity44.5
Jefferson, WItown43.7
Franklin, WItown43.0
Sumner, WItown43.0
Osseo, WIcity42.9
Ada, MNcity42.9
Stanley, NDcity42.4
Lake Mills, IAcity42.3
Dawson, MNcity42.2
Fosston, MNcity42.1
Bagley, MNcity41.0
Viroqua, WIcity40.4
Ettrick, WItown40.3
Karlstad, MNcity39.4
Lakota, NDcity39.2
Thief River Falls, MNcity39.0
Dane Prairie, MNtownship39.0
Madison, MNcity38.8
Pigeon, WItown38.7
Harmony, MNcity38.4
Viroqua, WItown38.4
Sparta, MNtownship38.1
Velva, NDcity38.1
Clarkfield, MNcity38.0
Wanamingo, MNcity38.0
Williston, NDcity37.6
Hillsboro, NDcity37.3
Hamburg, WItown37.2
Lake Park, MNcity37.2
Park River, NDcity37.1
Watford City, NDcity37.0
Preston, WItown37.0
Colfax, WIvillage36.7
Whitehall, WIcity36.4
Hale, WItown36.1
Montevideo, MNcity35.9
Dunn, MNtownship35.2
Northwood, IAcity35.0
Cormorant, MNtownship34.9
New Rockford, NDcity34.4
Oakport, MNtownship34.3
Dunkirk, WItown34.3
Williston, NDtownship34.2
Houston, MNcity34.1
Rocksbury, MNtownship34.1
Roseau, MNcity33.6
Fergus Falls, MNcity33.6
Thompson, NDcity33.6
Copley, MNtownship33.5
Pelican, MNtownship33.5
Kenyon, MNcity33.5
Albert Lea, MNtownship33.4
Reed, NDtownship33.3
Rugby, NDcity33.1
Lida, MNtownship33.0
Fergus Falls, MNtownship33.0
Glyndon, MNcity33.0
Granite Falls, MNcity32.7
Mondovi, WIcity32.7
Woodville, WIvillage32.6
Gale, WItown32.5
Bottineau, NDcity32.1
Bancroft, MNtownship32.1
Harrison, NDtownship31.8
Horace, NDcity31.7
Lake Andrew, MNtownship31.6
Grafton, NDcity31.4
Moranville, MNtownship31.4
Barnesville, MNcity31.3
Stanley, NDtownship31.2
Colfax, WItown31.1
Elbow Lake, MNcity31.1
Lake Eunice, MNtownship30.9
Enderlin, NDcity30.8
Moorhead, MNcity30.6
Blanchardville, WIvillage30.6
Volga, SDcity30.3
Lisbon, NDcity30.2
Pickerel Lake, MNtownship30.2
Scobey, MTcity30.1
Wiota, WItown30.0
Valley City, NDcity29.9
Nedrose, NDtownship29.8
Galesville, WIcity29.8
Warren, MNcity29.7
Kenmare, NDcity29.6
Benson, MNcity29.4
Elk Mound, WItown29.3
West Fargo, NDcity29.2
Aurdal, MNtownship29.1
Gilman, WItown29.0
New London, MNcity29.0
Pelican Rapids, MNcity28.8
Eau Galle, WItown28.6
Story City, IAcity28.6
Preston, MNcity28.6
Detroit, MNtownship28.6
Christiana, WItown28.5
Cando, NDcity28.5
Dilworth, MNcity28.3
Farmington, WItown28.3
Albert Lea, MNcity28.2
Blooming Prairie, MNcity28.2
Albion, WItown28.1
Sundre, NDtownship28.1
Roscoe, MNtownship27.9
Argyle, WIvillage27.8
Roland, IAcity27.7
Decorah, IAcity27.7
New London, MNtownship27.5
Erie, MNtownship27.4
Drammen, WItown27.3
Fargo, NDcity27.3
Grand Meadow, MNcity27.1
Glenwood, MNtownship27.1
Grand Forks, NDcity27.0
Devils Lake, NDcity27.0
Big Grove, ILtownship26.9
Black River Falls, WIcity26.9
Newark, ILvillage26.9
Maple Grove, WItown26.8
Canby, MNcity26.8
Lake View, MNtownship26.8
Surrey, NDcity26.8
Hayfield, MNcity26.7
Glenwood, MNcity26.6
Forest City, IAcity26.5
East Grand Forks, MNcity26.5
Green Lake, MNtownship26.3
Spicer, MNcity26.2
Bowman, NDcity26.2
LaMoure, NDcity26.1
Zumbrota, MNcity26.1
Le Roy, MNcity26.0
Lake, MNtownship26.0
Canton, SDcity26.0
Minot, NDcity25.9
Union, WItown25.8
Barneveld, WIvillage25.8
Jewell, IApopulated place25.8
Adams, WItown25.6
Garretson, SDcity25.6
Britton, SDcity25.6
Plentywood, MTcity25.6
Stoddard, WIvillage25.6
Spring Valley, WIvillage25.5
Carrington, NDcity25.5
Clark, SDcity25.4
Drayton, NDcity25.4
Boyceville, WIvillage25.3
Spring Brook, WItown25.3
Dovre, MNtownship25.3
Creel, NDtownship25.2
Burlington, NDcity25.1
Baldwin, WIvillage25.0
Crookston, MNcity25.0

Sources: 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, ed. Stephan Thernstrom; Ancestry: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (June 2004); ePodunk

Mapping by Daniel Shorter

-- October 2005

Other Norwegian Ancestry resources:

· American-Scandinavian Foundation
· Norway databases
· Norway Events and Time Periods - FamilySearch
· Norway Genealogy Forum
· Immigration & ship records
· Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

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