Decoding the 2020 US Census: An Insight into America’s Czech Roots
Exploring the Czech Identity in the United States
Data from the 2020 US Census Bureau has provided an intriguing snapshot of the ethnic identities claimed by Americans. Among the ethnic roots declared, the Czech identity stands out, with approximately 1.4 million people in the United States identifying with it. This figure places the Czech identity as the 16th most frequently mentioned among white ethnic groups.
The highest concentrations of individuals claiming Czech roots were found in Texas, Illinois, and California. In particular, Chicago, Illinois, emerged as a significant hub for the historic Czech population in the United States.
Unveiling Ethnic Communities through the Census
The 2020 Census marked a milestone by allowing respondents to specify their ethnic identity or community as part of their response. This was the first time that people who identify as white or black were given this opportunity. In total, the bureau recorded around 300 ethnic communities and 1,200 tribes or other Native people origin designations.
Among the respondents, 1.4 million claimed Czech identity, either separately or in combination with other identities. These numbers were comparable to those claiming Hungarian, Portuguese, or Danish identity. The most common roots identified among white respondents were English (46.6 million people), German (nearly 45 million people), and Irish (38.6 million people).
Non-European Ethnic Groups in the United States
Among the non-European ethnic groups, Mexicans emerged as the largest group, with almost 36 million people claiming Mexican ancestry. The African-American community was the next largest group, with 24.6 million respondents.
A Significant Increase in Responses
According to the Census Bureau, there were over 350 million responses to questions about race and ethnic group membership. This figure represents a sixfold increase from the 2010 census. This significant difference is largely attributed to changes in how the census was conducted, making the 2010 and 2020 data not entirely comparable.
Population of the United States in 2020
The 2020 census reported a total of 331 million people living in the US in 2020, reflecting the diverse and multi-ethnic identity of the nation.
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