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ZENBAT GARA: How many U.S. Basques

How many are we?  Not many but a few good ones.  Basques have never been counted in large numbers.  Today in the Basque Country there are about three million people.  Supposedly there are more than that number of people of Basque descent living in the Euspora (Basque Diaspora)  Below are recent figures of people who self-define as also being Basque in the United States.  The numbers are not high, but then again Basque culture has not endured for centuries because of large numbers.  We've never had many but just a few good ones that have keep up work of keeping our Basque culture alive.

U.S. Basques
by State
(Below are U.S. Basques by cities)

Online source:  http://www.euroamericans.net/basque%20contents.htm

The 2000 United States Census lists 57,793 persons of Basque ancestry. The states with the largest Basque communities include:

1.California- 20,868
2. Idaho- 6,637
3. Nevada- 6,096
4. Washington- 2,665
5. Oregon- 2,627

The following is a breakdown of the Basque-American population, by state:
State Basque-American 
Population
Basque-Americans as a Percentage of Total
Alabama 107 0.0
Alaska 276 0.0
Arizona 1,655 0.0
Arkansas 71 0.0
California 20,868 0.1
Colorado 1,674 0.0
Connecticut 262 0.0
DC 180 0.0
Delaware 12 0.0
Florida 2,127 0.0
Georgia 282 0.0
Hawaii 175 0.0
Idaho 6,637 0.5
Illinois 533 0.0
Indiana 168 0.0
Iowa 50 0.0
Kansas 146 0.0
Kentucky 55 0.0
Louisiana 354 0.0
Maine 57 0.0
Maryland 399 0.0
Massachusetts 383 0.0
Michigan 306 0.0
Minnesota 195 0.0
Mississippi 64 0.0
Missouri 180 0.0
Montana 564 0.1
Nebraska 85 0.0
Nevada 6,096 0.3
New Hampshire 158 0.0
New Jersey 643 0.0
New Mexico 600 0.0
New York 1,252 0.0
North Carolina 330 0.0
North Dakota 39 0.0
Ohio 230 0.0
Oklahoma 126 0.0
Oregon 2,627 0.1
Pennsylvania 278 0.0
Rhode Island 23 0.0
South Carolina 76 0.0
South Dakota 64 0.0
Tennessee 145 0.0
Texas 1,691 0.0
Utah 1,361 0.1
Vermont 34 0.0
Virginia 515 0.0
Washington 2,665 0.0
West Virginia 8 0.0
Wisconsin 98 0.0
Wyoming 869 0.2

Source: United States 2000 Census

More information on ethnic population statistics is available at the Census page

 

 

Basque

U.S. Basques by City

SOURCE: The following originally appeared online at http://www.epodunk.com/ancestry/Basque.html and is re-produced here in case it is re/moved.

The above map shows U.S. cities with the highest percentages of people of Basque ancestry. Move your mouse over points on the map to see city names and percentages, and to link to in-depth community information.

People of Basque heritage trace their roots to a region of southwestern France and north-central Spain. Many early immigrants to the U.S., drawn by the California gold rush, came via South America.

ePodunk mapped the top Basque communities by percentage of population. The map and the following list show communities in which 1,000 or more people listed an ancestry group, and in which at least 1 percent of those people said they were Basque.

The links at left lead to information on other races and ethnicities.

Community

Place type

% Basque

Winnemucca, NV

city

4.2

Gooding, ID

city

4.1

Battle Mountain, NV

populated place

4.1

Elko, NV

city

3.7

Shoshone, ID

city

3.4

Cascade, ID

city

3.2

Buffalo, WY

city

2.6

Minden, NV

populated place

2.2

Susanville, CA

city

2.1

Hines, OR

city

1.8

Gardnerville, NV

populated place

1.7

Burns, OR

city

1.7

Rupert, ID

city

1.6

New Plymouth, ID

city

1.5

Vale, OR

city

1.4

Ontario, OR

city

1.4

Fallon, NV

city

1.3

Bellerose, NY

village

1.3

Caldwell, ID

city

1.3

Eagle, ID

city

1.2

Homedale, ID

city

1.2

Meridian, ID

city

1.2

Oak Park, CA

populated place

1.2

Palouse, WA

city

1.1

Moss Beach, CA

populated place

1.1

Bonsall, CA

populated place

1.1

Fruitland, ID

city

1.1

Bodfish, CA

populated place

1.0

Roanoke, TX

city

1.0

Mojave, CA

populated place

1.0


 

Sources: 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, ed. Stephan Thernstrom; Ancestry: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (June 2004); ePodunk

Mapping by Daniel Shorter