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 Census 2000:
The 2000 United States Census lists 8,309,908 persons of French ancestry, and 2,349,684 with French-Canadian ancestry. Note that persons with Basque ancestry are not included in the definition of French. 

States with the largest French communities include:

French: 

1. California- 782,083
2. Louisiana- 545,429
3. Massachusetts- 508,218
4. Michigan- 489,240
5. New York- 477,730

French-Canadian:

1. Massachusetts- 310,170
2. Michigan- 191,699
3. New York- 151,080
4. California- 145,370
5. Louisiana- 134,779



State Franco- American population Franco-American population as a percentage of total

French-
Canadian population

French-Canadian
population as a
percentage of total

Alabama 65,186 1.5 9,466 0.2

Alaska 20,194 3.2 6,480 1.0

Arizona 147,080 2.9 34,453 0.7

Arkansas 51,119 1.9 7,299 0.3

California 782,083 2.3 145,370 0.4

Colorado 142,322 3.3 28,697 0.7

Connecticut 213,849 6.3 109,448 3.2

DC 6,909 1.2 1,353 0.2

Delaware 16,060 2.0 4,204 0.5

Florida 444,171 2.8 131,824 0.8

Georgia 126,107 1.5 25,136 0.3

Hawaii 17,781 1.5 3,345 0.3

Idaho 38,200 3.0 8,851 0.7

Illinois 267,089 2.2 45,100 0.4

Indiana 148,544 2.4 19,149 0.3

Iowa 75,501 2.6 9,853 0.3

Kansas 82,501 3.1 12,196 0.5

Kentucky 65,977 1.6 7,818 0.2

Louisiana 545,429 12.2 134,779 3.0

Maine 181,576 14.2 109,696 8.6

Maryland 95,531 1.8 21,882 0.4

Massachusetts 508,218 8.0 310,170 4.9

Michigan 489,240 4.9 191,699 1.9

Minnesota 202,728 4.1 59,475 1.2

Mississippi 66,080 2.3 8,204 0.3

Missouri 195,335 3.5 17,574 0.3

Montana 38,200 4.2 10,174 1.1

Nebraska 44,835 2.6 6,560 0.4

Nevada 63,103 3.2 13,882 0.7

New Hampshire 180,883 14.6 127,086 10.3

New Jersey 124,617 1.5 29,968 0.4

New Mexico 36,447 2.0 7,347 0.4

New York 477,730 2.5 151,080 0.8

North Carolina 127,472 1.6 28,307 0.4

North Dakota 25,078 3.9 5,377 0.8

Ohio 271,423 2.4 36,382 0.3

Oklahoma 78,547 2.3 9,893 0.3

Oregon 126,525 3.7 30,927 0.9

Pennsylvania 210,415 1.7 31,362 0.3

Rhode Island 114,232 10.9 66,734 6.4

South Carolina 71,018 1.8 12,829 0.3

South Dakota 21,864 2.9 4,290 0.6

Tennessee 93,711 1.6 15,251 0.3

Texas 463,995 2.2 73,688 0.4

Utah 50,528 2.3 7,226 0.3

Vermont 88,096 14.5 53,764 8.8

Virginia 143,044 2.0 37,397 0.5

Washington 215,101 3.6 56,684 1.0

West Virginia 25,159 1.4 2,781 0.2

Wisconsin 205,975 3.8 63,950 1.2

Wyoming 17,100 3.5

3,224

0.7

Source: United States 2000 Census.

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

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Famous Franco-Americans:
Philanthropist Stephen Girard was a French immigrant who founded what is now known as Girard College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in 1750 in Bordeaux, France, he was known as the richest man in America when he died in 1831. Girard arrived in Philadelphia in 1776 and made his fortune first in international shipping and later as America’s first private banker. His will left the bulk of his fortune to the City of Philadelphia to build and operate a residential school for needy children from single parent households.  Girard College opened in 1848 in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. To this day, it operates as a private boarding school for students grade 1-12, from families with limited financial resources, each headed by a single parent or guardian. Students receive full scholarships.

 

Internet Links of Interest:

Cuisine:

  • Bouchard Family Farm- Family run farm in Fort Kent, Maine, selling ployes, a traditional French Acadian buckwheat based product. 

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