US census findings reveal that 1.4 million Americans claim Czech roots and identity

Texas, Illinois, and California stood out as the states where the majority of individuals laid claim to their Czech heritage.


Written by ČTK Published on 22.09.2023 11:00:00 (updated on 22.09.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

In a 2020 census, a staggering 1.4 million individuals in the U.S. identified themselves as having Czech roots or heritage, as reported by the Federal Census Bureau, the entity responsible for conducting the census.

Among the various white ethnic groups, Czech identity emerged as the 16th-most frequently cited. Texas, Illinois, and California stood out as the states where the majority of individuals laid claim to their Czech heritage.

In the 2020 U.S. Census, respondents who specified their race also had the opportunity to delineate their ethnic background or community, and they could choose more than one if applicable. This marked the first time individuals could provide detailed responses about their race and ethnicity, as highlighted by NPR.

Czechs in the U.S. Several towns and neighborhoods have Czech-inspired names, reflecting their Bohemian roots. These include Prague, Oklahoma, and Prague, Nebraska, both settled by Czech immigrants in the late 19th century. New Prague, Minnesota, attracted Czech immigrants and was originally known as Prague before adopting its current name. Praha, Texas, hosts an annual Czech-Texan homecoming event. Pilsen, Kansas, was settled by Bohemian families in 1874 and still retains its Czech heritage. Additionally, Chicago has Pilsen and East Pilsen neighborhoods, reflecting changing immigrant populations over time.

The Census Bureau documented around 300 distinct ethnic communities and recognized 1,200 tribes or other origin designations among Native American people.

Street in Pilsen, Chicago (iStock photo - stevegeer)
Street in Pilsen, Chicago (iStock photo - stevegeer)

A total of 1.4 million respondents proudly asserted their Czech heritage, either individually or in conjunction with other identities.

Hungary, Portugal, and Denmark reported similar numbers in the census. Within the white category, the most prevalent ancestries were English (46.6 million people), German (almost 45 million people), and Irish (38.6 million people).

Outside of the European spectrum, Mexicans constituted the largest non-European ethnic group, with nearly 36 million individuals acknowledging Mexican ancestry.

Following closely, African Americans comprised the next largest demographic, with 24.6 million people indicating their identity on the census forms.

The Census Bureau reported an astounding 350 million responses regarding race and ethnic group membership, which stands in stark contrast to the 2010 census, receiving six times fewer responses. It's important to note that disparities in data collection methods between the 2010 and 2020 censuses make them not entirely comparable.

Based on the 2020 census, the U.S. was home to approximately 331 million individuals in the year 2020.

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