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U.S. Basque Population

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 Euskal Diaspora (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. Basque Population by State

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

U.S. Basques by City

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

 

 

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