Czechs in the USA

Discussion in 'Culture' started by KJP, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. KJP

    KJP Well-Known Member

    Being a native New Yorker, I know for a fact that there are over 50,000 Czechs living within the 5 boroughs. After that, I know there are a bunch in strange places, like Wisconson, Florida and Texas. But the true number of Czechs living in the US is not really know, anyone have any idea?

    There are less than 2000 Americans registered in the US embassey here, Brits numbering at almost 15,000 (they can get in their car and drive, and if displeased, be home in a day)!

    It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of Czech citizens working illegally in the USA. (Otta, 2001.) ... 20Work.htm

    Now while David seems like a nice guy, these are unsubstantiated facts in his work, so I was wondering if you in the states would ring in with numbers from your state (got milk, I mean czechs)? :roll:
  2. uuspoiss

    uuspoiss Well-Known Member

    I heard or read from somewhere (sorry to say I don't remember where) that there are estimated to be around 30,000 Americans living in Praha alone. Might that be true and maybe they just don't like to register with the embassy?
  3. czechpoint

    czechpoint Active Member

    Just looking at the U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 3 (SF 3) - Sample Data under Ancestry and it lists 1,262,527 people of Czech ancestry and 441,403 of Czechoslovakian in the U.S. Respectively, they only make up 0.4 and 0.2% of the U.S. population.

    The link is: ... y&-geo_id=
  4. idemtidem

    idemtidem Well-Known Member

    In the fabulous state of South Carolina :)roll:) where I'm located, I don't think there's a larger Czech community. I've met a couple Czechs but those seem to be individuals. If I had to guess, I'd say there is a thousand Czechs in this state? Is there any way one can find out the number from some statistics?
  5. czechpoint

    czechpoint Active Member

  6. KJP

    KJP Well-Known Member

    NO way are there so many Americans here. A good friend of mine works for the gov. here in tourism and he claims that they always inflate the numbers to try to attrack more...

    Very few register, true, but no more than a few thousand Americans reside here...
  7. czechpoint

    czechpoint Active Member

  8. KJP

    KJP Well-Known Member

    Now that number sounds more reasonable...
  9. uuspoiss

    uuspoiss Well-Known Member

    czechpoint, do you know how they define immigrants for statistical purposes? I assume having a temporary position with a company or a diplomatic mission, for example, doesn't make one an immigrant?
  10. idemtidem

    idemtidem Well-Known Member

    I would guess that one is an immigrant if he/she has permanent residence in the country. It's really just a guess though, I don't know what specific method they use.
  11. czechpoint

    czechpoint Active Member

    Sorry, I searched the Czech Statistical Office site and couldn't find any definitions.
  12. Martina

    Martina Active Member

    I also heard when I visited Prague that there is 20 000 Americans living there, so it may be something around it. I trully experienced crowded streets, mostly due to tourism but also foreigners living and working in Prague. Nowadays Prague is a popular destination for many.
  13. John Rihacek

    John Rihacek Active Member

    To KJP
    My Czech grandparents were New Yorkers and when they arrived in country they lived in the high 80's East Side of Manhattan in the area
    called the Yorkville Section. Around the turn of the last century the
    Yorkville Section was populated with Germans, Austrians, and Czechs.
    There used to be a well known Czech Restuarant in the 80's known as the
    Praha-since closed and of no connection to the Zlatava Praha in Astoria,

    The last record I saw of Czech immigration to USA was around 1965
    with no more than 300,000 Czechs being listed but well over 2 Million
    Slovaks. However, most of the midwestern USA Czech emigres from
    Texas to North Dakota arrived there consistenly after the European
    Republican Revolutions of Central Europe in the 1840's. Many of the
    NY Czech emigres were recruited to work in the coal fields of Pennsylvania
    especially after gold was discovered in California in 1849. Native
    Americans were not going to work the coal fields when gold was available
    in the West. My grandfather worked in the coal fields outside of Jim
    Thorpe, Pa for 3 years before returning to NYC and marrying my grandmother, originally from Kutna Hora. My grandmother attended a
    Czech Catholic School in New York City taught by Moravian Nuns.
  14. ultraspunk

    ultraspunk Member

    Chicago here...represent

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