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Infographic: German cities in the USA

Anyone closely following the US election may have stumbled across well-known names among us Germans. County Mecklenburg, for example - where Joe Biden scored a clear victory. Our infographic shows how immigration from Germany is reflected in the naming of American cities to this day.

What you know, you like to keep. At least that is what many German emigrants would have thought when they founded settlements in the USA in the past centuries. Because Detmold, Fulda or Paderborn are not only found in Germany, but also in the USA.

Graphic: German city names in the USA

If you are looking for the namesake of your hometown in the USA, write ", USA" after the place name in the search field (example: Flensburg, USA).

After the First and Second World Wars, the spellings of many German city names were Anglicized. There are 21 Frankforts in the United States - but they do not appear on our map. Only exact matches of the official place names are shown.

Until the 20th century, Germans formed the largest group of immigrants to the United States. Today, most of the American population has German ancestors. The US census from 2000 shows: More than 49.2 million of the 282 million Americans at the turn of the millennium (today there are around 323 million) stated that they were of German descent. Recent surveys, such as the 2015 American Community Survey, come to a similar conclusion.

Graphic: Proportion of the population of German origin per federal state

The first German settlement in the USA was founded in 1683 by 13 families from the Krefeld area, the so-called "Original 13". Her name: Germantown. Today the once independent community is a borough of Philadelphia. The majority of the population are now Afro-Americans.

Inspired by a popular travel report by Gottfried Duden, among other things, many Germans settled in the Midwest. Even today, the number of people of German origin in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin is the highest percentage.

There is another specialty in Pennsylvania, where almost a quarter of the population has German roots. Because the so-called Pennsylvania German has been preserved there to this day, even with its own newspaper.