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PORTUGUESE ANCESTRY

Hundreds of thousands of Portuguese have come to America in the decades since 1820, when the Immigration and Naturalization Service began recording their arrival. Some arrived on whaling ships, and settled on the New England coast.

Major immigration occurred after 1957 volcanic eruptions off the Azores.

In the 2000 census, 1,173,691 people in the U.S. claimed Portuguese 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 4 percent of those people said they were of Portuguese ancestry.

The links at left lead to information on other ethnicities.

Community Place type% Portuguese
Fall River, MAcity43.9
Dartmouth, MAtown37.0
New Bedford, MAcity36.6
Somerset, MAtown33.6
Acushnet, MAtown31.6
Bristol, RItown31.4
Gustine, CAcity31.0
Westport, MAtown30.0
Swansea, MAtown29.7
Dighton, MAtown28.7
Fairhaven, MAtown27.2
Tiverton, RItown27.0
East Providence, RIcity26.9
Freetown, MAtown26.0
Warren, RItown24.7
Taunton, MAcity23.9
Valley Falls, RIpopulated place19.8
Ludlow, MAtown19.5
Provincetown, MAtown19.4
Truro, MAtown19.1
Seekonk, MAtown17.5
Berkley, MAtown17.2
Honokaa, HIpopulated place16.4
Rehoboth, MAtown16.2
East Newark, NJborough13.9
Rochester, MAtown13.1
Harrison, NJtown13.0
Makawao, HIpopulated place13.0
Kalaheo, HIpopulated place12.7
Little Compton, RItown12.4
Mattapoisett, MAtown11.6
Portsmouth, RItown11.3
East Falmouth, MApopulated place11.3
Hillside, NJtownship11.2
Kearny, NJtown10.8
Cumberland, RItown10.7
Raynham, MAtown10.6
Pawtucket, RIcity10.6
Newman, CAcity10.5
Hudson, MAtown10.3
Oak Bluffs, MAtown9.9
Middletown, RItown9.9
Artesia, CAcity9.6
Escalon, CAcity9.5
Mineola, NYvillage9.4
Central Falls, RIcity9.2
Tulare, CAcity9.2
Vineyard Haven, MApopulated place9.2
Stoughton, MAtown9.1
Pawcatuck, CTpopulated place9.0
Edgartown, MAtown8.8
Lakeville, MAtown8.8
Falmouth, MAtown8.4
Kapaa, HIpopulated place8.4
Gloucester, MAcity8.3
West Warwick, RItown8.1
South River, NJborough8.0
Attleboro, MAcity7.8
Wareham, MAtown7.8
Hilo, HIpopulated place7.7
Hanford, CAcity7.6
Tisbury, MAtown7.6
Wellfleet, MAtown7.3
Waimanalo, HIpopulated place7.2
Rio Vista, CAcity6.9
Newark, NJcity6.9
Marion, MAtown6.9
Peabody, MAcity6.9
Turlock, CAcity6.8
Somerville, MAcity6.8
Naalehu, HIpopulated place6.8
Stonington, CTborough6.8
Los Banos, CAcity6.6
Middleborough, MAtown6.6
Milford, MAtown6.5
Lincoln, RItown6.4
Union, NJtownship6.4
North Providence, RItown6.1
Newport, RIcity6.0
San Leandro, CAcity6.0
Elizabeth, NJcity5.9
Barrington, RItown5.9
Denair, CApopulated place5.9
Cherryland, CApopulated place5.8
Paia, HIpopulated place5.8
San Lorenzo, CApopulated place5.8
Coventry, RItown5.7
Kapaau, HIpopulated place5.7
Orland, CAcity5.7
Wailuku, HIpopulated place5.7
Norton, MAtown5.5
Nantucket, MAtown5.5
Manteca, CAcity5.4
Waimea, HIpopulated place5.4
Warwick, RIcity5.4
Lowell, MAcity5.3
Naugatuck, CTborough5.3
Oakdale, CAcity5.3
Kailua, HIpopulated place5.2
San Juan Bautista, CAcity5.2
Salida, CApopulated place5.1
Tracy, CAcity5.1
Plymouth, MAtown5.1
Ewa Beach, HIpopulated place5.0
Castro Valley, CApopulated place5.0
Kahului, HIpopulated place5.0
Keyes, CApopulated place5.0
Lemoore, CAcity4.9
West Dennis, MApopulated place4.9
Bridgewater, MAtown4.9
Koloa, HIpopulated place4.9
Waianae, HIpopulated place4.9
Kekaha, HIpopulated place4.8
Danbury, CTcity4.8
Cranston, RIcity4.8
Lathrop, CAcity4.7
Half Moon Bay, CAcity4.7
San Martin, CApopulated place4.7
Waimea, HIpopulated place4.7
Jamestown, RItown4.7
Ripon, CAcity4.7
Oakley, CAcity4.7
Lihue, HIpopulated place4.6
Carver, MAtown4.6
Waialua, HIpopulated place4.5
Kingston, MAtown4.5
Ferndale, CAcity4.4
Newark, CAcity4.4
Ashaway, RIpopulated place4.4
El Granada, CApopulated place4.4
Kaneohe, HIpopulated place4.4
Fort Bragg, CAcity4.4
West Tisbury, MAtown4.3
Haleiwa, HIpopulated place4.3
Hope Valley, RIpopulated place4.2
Ceres, CAcity4.2
Sunol, CApopulated place4.1
Hopkinton, RItown4.1
North Arlington, NJborough4.1
Chowchilla, CAcity4.0
Empire, CApopulated place4.0

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 Portuguese Ancestry resources:

· Portugal databases
· Portugal Genealogy Forum
· Immigration & ship records

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