Where German Roots Run Deep

Germans first came to America in large numbers in the 1720s, when many settled in Pennsylvania. A second and much larger wave began in the 1830s and lasted until 1930, with most going to the Midwest and the upper Plains states. In 1790, only 7 percent of the American population was of German descent. Today, people who list German ancestry first on the census form make up 23 percent of the popluation.

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