The 5 States with the Highest Population of Italian-Americans
By: Liz Flynn
According to a US Census, there are over 17.8 million Italian-Americans living in America. Since a major influx of Italians to the US in the 20th century, the population of Italian-Americans has continued to grow. When Italians first began to emigrate, they headed for industrialized areas along the north-east coast of the United States and it is in these areas where there remains a high population of Italia- Americans. Here are the five states with the highest population of Italian-Americans.
1. New York
Population: 2.7+ Million
New York has the highest number of people who recognize themselves as Italian-American in the whole of the United States, with a high proportion of these living in New York City. Some of the neighborhoods most densely populated by Italian-Americans include Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.
2. New Jersey
New Jersey is the state with the second highest population of Italian-Americans in the United States, with many Italian Americans choosing Jersey City as their home.
Population: 1.4+ Million
Although Pennsylvania does not have such a high population of Italian-Americans as New York or New Jersey, it has a high percentage population in comparison to its overall population.
Fourth on the list is Massachusetts. A high proportion of Italian-Americans living in this state have settled in Boston, the state’s capital. Boston was a highly industrialized area when Italians first came to America, and they choose this city so they could find work.
Like Pennsylvania, Connecticut has a high percentage of Italian-Americans in proportion to the overall population of the state. This state’s north-eastern location is the reason so many Italians emigrated to this state.
Baltimore is a major state in Maryland and it is here where many Italian-Americans reside. Maryland is a popular choice for Italian Americans as there are established Italian-American communities in this state and the local lifestyle and culture reflects this.
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