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Old 04-19-2015, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Does anyone else think that Polish ancestry in the US is underestimated? I have noticed that in Mid-Alantic states(especially Pennsylvania), Polish surnames seem to be really common. According to US census report their is estimated 10 million people in the USA with Polish ancestry. Other reports have predicted a higher number of Americans with Polish ancestry, estimating that up to 19-20 million Americans have some Polish ancestry.

It would interesting to know if their is still any places in the USA were you can still see elements of the Polish immigration experience/culture.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Michigan, for one.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:26 AM
 
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The largest Polish immigrant hub in the U.S. is NYC. Chicago is second. I believe Philly is third.

So those are the cities where you are most likely to see Polish immigrants.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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Some Upstate NY cities come to mind. I believe some communities in CT and Northern NJ do as well.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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The largest Polish immigrant hub in the U.S. is NYC. Chicago is second. I believe Philly is third.

So those are the cities where you are most likely to see Polish immigrants.
I am not really interested in Polish immigration to the USA today, I am more talking about Polish migration to the USA in the past(20/19th century).
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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Poland didn't exist for a long time, and the descendants of Jewish immigrants from the parts of the non-existent Poland likely don't identify as being Polish. So my guess would be that officially it is underrepresented or accurately represented depending on how you look at it.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:41 AM
 
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I am not really interested in Polish immigration to the USA today, I am more talking about Polish migration to the USA in the past(20/19th century).
Here is some info from NY: New York Polish as First Ancestry Population Percentage City Rank Based on ACS 2008-2012 data*

New York Polish as First Ancestry Population Percentage Census Tract Rank Based on ACS 2008-2012 data*

New York Polish as First Ancestry Population Percentage Zip Code Rank Based on ACS 2008-2012 data*
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:32 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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The largest Polish immigrant hub in the U.S. is NYC. Chicago is second. I believe Philly is third.
Actually, Chicago has always been #1 in this: Demographics of Chicago - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Polish people have been prevalent from the city's early history, but the largest waves of immigration were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; they have been influential in the economic and social development of Chicago. Today Poles in Chicago make up the largest ethnic Polish population of any city outside of Poland."
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:49 PM
 
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Buffalo and Detroit are a couple of bigger metros that come to mind in this regard.
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:43 PM
 
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Poland didn't exist for a long time, and the descendants of Jewish immigrants from the parts of the non-existent Poland likely don't identify as being Polish. So my guess would be that officially it is underrepresented or accurately represented depending on how you look at it.
Our family self-identified as "Polish" but since Poland didn't exist in the late 19th and early 20th century, my grandparents were variously listed as being Polish, Hungarian, Austrian, or Czechoslovakian on different official documents during the 20th century (immigration, census, etc).

My mother always referred to her mother as "Czech" but I found her town and it is in the current Slovakia. When I also recently found her old Bible, I remarked that it didn't appear to be in Polish or Czech, and my mother said it was in Hungarian, since that was what my grandmother spoke growing up, but used Polish in the US, as my grandfather only spoke Polish.

Eastern Europe was a melting pot of cultures, and borders changed constantly over the last 100+ years. I call my ancestry Polish because of my last name, as I'm sure many others do.
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