Where do the Portuguese Speakers live in the US?

Someone from the Portuguese American Review sent this link my way and I thought I would share it.  It’s a map of Portuguese speakers in the United States and is based on the 2000 Census.

I was surprised to see that Merced County has the highest concentration of Portuguese speakers in California.  I would have expected it to be Alameda, Los Angeles, or Monterey Counties.  Shows what I know!  My perceptions are obviously influenced by early immigration patterns.  Hawaii falls into the low range.  That doesn’t surprise me since the wave of immigration from Portuguese lands to Hawaii ended about a hundred years ago.

If you click on the map, you can see different views:

Portuguese Speakers in the US, 2000

For those interested in California, here’s a map with county names for reference.




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