Survey: Nearly 1 in 3 US Somalis live in Minnesota

December 15, 2010 05:01

MINNEAPOLIS — Nearly one in three people with Somali ancestry in the United States live in Minnesota, although some activists claim there are more.

The 1 in 3 estimate comes from new survey data released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau. The bureau's American Community Survey says there are about 25,000 people with Somali ancestry in Minnesota and about 85,700 in the United States.

The other states with large Somali populations are Ohio, Washington and California, but their communities are much smaller than Minnesota's.

The figures include people born in Somalia and their descendants.

The latest release is an aggregate of five years of survey data that demographers say gives the best look at small population groups and small geographical areas since the 2000 Census.

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