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PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN ANCESTRY

Also known as Pennsylvania Dutch (from Deutsch), people of Pennsylvania German heritage trace their roots to German-speaking regions of central Europe. Immigrants began settling in this country in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

In the 2000 census, 255,807 people in the U.S. claimed Pennsylvania German 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 5 percent of those people said they were of Pennsylvania German ancestry.

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Community Place type% Pennsylvania German
Salt Creek, OHtownship20.9
Scott, INtownship18.4
Jefferson, INtownship18.1
Van Buren, INtownship16.8
Mesopotamia, OHtownship16.8
Salt Creek, OHtownship14.6
Sparta, PAtownship14.4
Greene, PAtownship13.3
Clay, INtownship12.9
Lower Towamensing, PAtownship12.5
Parkman, OHtownship12.3
Bearcreek, INtownship12.2
Alburtis, PAborough12.0
Heidelberg, PAtownship11.7
Windsor, PAtownship11.4
Crawford, OHtownship11.1
Washington, PAtownship11.0
Palmerton, PAborough10.6
Leon, NYtown10.5
Bart, PAtownship10.1
East Penn, PAtownship10.0
Nazareth, PAborough10.0
Middlefield, OHtownship9.9
Boyertown, PAborough9.6
Tilden, PAtownship9.5
Albany, PAtownship9.4
Berlin, OHtownship9.2
Walnutport, PAborough9.2
Moore, PAtownship9.1
North Catasauqua, PAborough8.9
Hereford, PAtownship8.9
West Penn, PAtownship8.6
Longswamp, PAtownship8.6
Coplay, PAborough8.6
Mechanic, OHtownship8.5
Clearspring, INtownship8.5
Slatington, PAborough8.5
Eldred, PAtownship8.5
Henderson, PAtownship8.5
Bally, PAborough8.5
Freemansburg, PAborough8.3
Oley, PAtownship8.2
Washington, PAtownship8.2
North Whitehall, PAtownship8.2
Bath, PAborough8.1
Menno, PAtownship8.1
Northampton, PAborough8.1
Brown, OHtownship8.1
Lynn, PAtownship8.0
Freehold, PAtownship8.0
Emmaus, PAborough7.9
Eden, PAtownship7.8
Towamensing, PAtownship7.8
Colebrookdale, PAtownship7.7
Allen, PAtownship7.6
East Fallowfield, PAtownship7.6
Greenwich, PAtownship7.5
Mifflin, PAtownship7.5
Conewango, NYtown7.5
Lehigh, PAtownship7.5
Shoemakersville, PAborough7.4
Weisenberg, PAtownship7.4
Leacock, PAtownship7.4
Schnecksville, PApopulated place7.4
Tatamy, PAborough7.4
Eden, INtownship7.2
Rome, PAtownship7.1
Farmington, OHtownship7.1
Huntsburg, OHtownship7.1
Mifflinville, PApopulated place7.0
Earl, PAtownship7.0
Pennsburg, PAborough6.9
Strasburg, PAtownship6.8
Plainfield, PAtownship6.8
East Greenville, PAborough6.7
Franklin, PAtownship6.7
Clark, OHtownship6.6
East Bangor, PAborough6.6
Lowhill, PAtownship6.6
Hellertown, PAborough6.5
Coopersburg, PAborough6.4
District, PAtownship6.4
South Mahoning, PAtownship6.3
Catasauqua, PAborough6.3
Upper Bern, PAtownship6.3
Cressona, PAborough6.3
Paint, OHtownship6.3
Topton, PAborough6.2
Upper Nazareth, PAtownship6.2
Mahoning, PAtownship6.2
Newbury, INtownship6.1
Lykens, PAborough6.1
Hamburg, PAborough5.9
Macungie, PAborough5.9
Warren, PAtownship5.8
Wiconisco, PAtownship5.8
East Brunswick, PAtownship5.8
Pike, PAtownship5.7
Clay, OHtownship5.7
Upper Milford, PAtownship5.7
Tremont, PAborough5.6
Colerain, PAtownship5.5
Upper Turkeyfoot, PAtownship5.5
West Rockhill, PAtownship5.5
Hollenback, PAtownship5.5
Miles, PAtownship5.5
Red Hill, PAborough5.4
Upper Macungie, PAtownship5.4
Nescopeck, PAborough5.4
Richmond, PAtownship5.4
Hanover, PAtownship5.4
Kenhorst, PAborough5.4
Cass, OHtownship5.4
Anthony, PAtownship5.4
Bushkill, PAtownship5.3
Leesport, PAborough5.3
Bechtelsville, PAborough5.3
Wayne, PAtownship5.3
Gilbertsville, PApopulated place5.3
Rockland, PAtownship5.3
Hegins, PAtownship5.2
Clinton, INtownship5.2
Lamar, PAtownship5.2
Marlborough, PAtownship5.2
Penn, PAtownship5.2
Catawissa, PAborough5.1
Maxatawny, PAtownship5.1
North Centre, PAtownship5.1
Ruscombmanor, PAtownship5.1
Lehighton, PAborough5.1
Berwick, PAborough5.0
Allentown, PAcity5.0
Paint, OHtownship5.0
Paradise, PAtownship5.0

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 Pennsylvani German resources:

· Pennsylvania Dutch message board
· Immigration & ship records

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