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Old 08-06-2010, 08:14 AM
 
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I'm surprised by what people are saying about California. I thought there would be more blondes. Maybe that is just the stereotype, I don't know.

There aren't many blondes in NYC metro because there is a high population of Italians. My daughter has a rare shade of blonde, so she seems to really stand out here.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:56 AM
 
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I'm surprised by what people are saying about California. I thought there would be more blondes. Maybe that is just the stereotype, I don't know.

There aren't many blondes in NYC metro because there is a high population of Italians. My daughter has a rare shade of blonde, so she seems to really stand out here.
It is likely due to being a rather outdated stereotype combined with many who might not be naturally blonde. Also consider the number of Hispanics and Asians in California which makes the total percentage of population who are blonde nosedive.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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I'm surprised by what people are saying about California. I thought there would be more blondes. Maybe that is just the stereotype, I don't know.

There aren't many blondes in NYC metro because there is a high population of Italians. My daughter has a rare shade of blonde, so she seems to really stand out here.
I was just going to comment on that. I think people think "California" and they immediately imagine thousands of hot blonds running along the beaches in LA. While that's the case - it's a very small fraction of the entire population of the LA/Inland Empire area.

I believe California has one of if not the lowest % of white people in the country. Around 40%.

I would guess by % California probably has one of the lowest amount of blond people.

I would think the upper Midwest would have the highest - with the population of scandinavian and germans who live there.

My family is from Iowa and we're all blond (Swedish). Lots of blonds in that state, as most people are German/Irish/Nordic/Dutch.
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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I was just going to comment on that. I think people think "California" and they immediately imagine thousands of hot blonds running along the beaches in LA. While that's the case - it's a very small fraction of the entire population of the LA/Inland Empire area.

I believe California has one of if not the lowest % of white people in the country. Around 40%.

I would guess by % California probably has one of the lowest amount of blond people.

I would think the upper Midwest would have the highest - with the population of scandinavian and germans who live there.

My family is from Iowa and we're all blond (Swedish). Lots of blonds in that state, as most people are German/Irish/Nordic/Dutch.
I don't think that image of California is what people think of anymore. It sounds like an image that is stuck in the 1980's, interesting is that most people's images of different places do seem to be accurate if it was still 1985.
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:43 PM
 
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hmmm, I'm from San Diego, not blonde, and have seen just as many here in Va or in Georgia as anywhere...seriously, where they sell hair color, people can get blonde lol
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:43 PM
 
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I'm surprised by what people are saying about California. I thought there would be more blondes. Maybe that is just the stereotype, I don't know.
Although originally settled by the Spanish/Mexicans I think it having blonds was maybe a more valid idea at one time. I remember reading one of the more eugenicist Nobel Laureates went to San Marino, California because it was more Anglo than any place he knew.

Although there are some counties in California, and by extension towns, that are primarily of Germanic descent according to the census.

Redding, California is 82% white and 31% is German or English descent.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Redding-California.html

San Luis Obispo is 76% white and about 30% German or English descent.

http://www.city-data.com/city/San-Lu...alifornia.html

And there's always the Danish town of Solvang

http://www.city-data.com/city/Solvang-California.html
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Ohio, most definitely has one of the largest concentrations of natural blonds (of all different shades)...
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:35 PM
 
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One website said that 80% of people in Sweden and Norway have blonde hair. Is this really true? Since Minneapolis is the US city with the greatest number of people of Swedish ancestry, and the greatest number of people of Norwegian ancestry, you would think Minneapolis would have a high number of blonde people, but in all the times I've visited Minneapolis, I've never noticed a high number of blonde people, compared to other US cities.

The US city with the highest percentage of people of Swedish ancestry is Duluth, MN, at 15.3%. The US cities with the highest percentage of people of Norwegian ancestry are Grand Forks, ND at 36.4% and Fargo, ND, at 35.8%. I've never visited those cities.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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Definitely a lot in Minnesota, however it often comes with tall, muscular physique. Not exactly the beautiful blondes you see in magazines.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Not the best maps but...

Norwegians by county:



Swedes by county:



Finns by county:



Danes by county:



Scandinavian ancestry (not the same, people who claim some mixture)



Arguably, one could look at German Americans as well, but there's a big difference in coloration between Southern German Catholics (who migrated in large numbers to the U.S.) and the rest of Germany.

But basically, the blondest portions of the U.S. are Minnesota, the UP of Michigan, North Dakota, and Utah, and to a lesser extent South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
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