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Ancestry of the US | Wyly Wade
As we examine the "New America," it's important to also remember that the ethnic make-up of the "Old America" still has a significant influence on the demography of the U.S. Amid the surge of Hispanics, the largest ethnic group in the U.S. is still German-Americans, with a population of 49.8 million, a jump of 6 million between 2000 and 2010. In fact, the number of Americans more than half of the nation's 3,143 counties contain a plurality of people who describe themselves as German-American, according to analysis of census data by Bloomberg. Americans of German-descent top the list of U.S. ethnic groups, followed by Irish, 35.8 million; Mexican, 31.8 million; English, 27.4 million; and Italian, 17.6 million, analysis of Census and American Community Survey data shows. "A lot of people aren't aware that German is the largest ancestral group in the country," Don Heinrich Tolzman, author of "The German-American Experience," told Bloomberg. "It's an eye