The USA is a multi-ethnic society.
It is so called “a melting pot”.
• The term “the melting pot”
originates from the United States.
• It is often used to describe societies
experiencing large scale immigration
from many different countries.
• According to the Melting Pot Theory
peoples from various cultures come
to America and contribute aspects of
their culture to create a new, unique
American culture.
• U.S. government classifies United States
citizens or resident aliens having origins in any
of the original people of
• Europe,
• the Middle East,
• or North Africa.
• 1. Native Americans (American Indians and
Eskimos or Inuits)
• 2. Black Americans (African Americans)
• 3. Hispanics (Latin Americans)
(Latinas and Latinos)
• 4. Asian Americans (American Asians)
(Amerasians)
• 5. Americans (White Americans)
Religious Statistics for the United
States
The order of religious preferences in the United States:
• Christian: (78.5%)
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Protestant (51.3%)
Roman Catholic (23.9%)
Mormon (1.7%)
other Christian (1.6%)
unaffiliated (12.1%)
none (4%)
other or unspecified (2.5%)
Jewish (1.7%)
Buddhist (0.7%)
Muslim (0.6%)
Native Americans in the United States
are the peoples from the regions of
North America , including parts of
Alaska and the island state of Hawaii.
They comprise a large number of
distinct tribes, many of which survive
as intact political communities.
About 1.0 percent of the U.S.
population is of American Indian or
Alaska Native descent. This
population is unevenly distributed
across the country.
White Americans are the majority racial group in almost all of
the United States. They are not the majority in Hawaii, many
American Indian reservations, parts of the South known as the
Black Belt, and in many urban areas throughout the country.
• Although all large geographical areas are dominated by
white Americans, much larger differences can be seen
between specific parts of large cities.
States with highest percentage of American whites, as of
2007:
• Vermont 96.2%
• Maine 95.5%
• New Hampshire 95.0%
• West Virginia 94.3%
• Iowa 92.9%
• Idaho 92.1%
• Wyoming 91.6%
• North Dakota 90.9%
German Americans (16.8%),
Irish Americans (12.1%),
English Americans (9.3%),
Italian Americans (5.9%),
Polish Americans (3.3%),
French Americans (3.2%),
Scottish Americans (2%),
Scotch-Irish Americans (1.8%),
Dutch Americans (1.7%),
Norwegian Americans (1.5%),
Swedish Americans (1.4%),
Russian Americans (1%)
make up 60% of the “White"
population.
Included in the category are White
Hispanics representing 8.11%, mainly
Mexican Americans.
The largest city with a Hispanic majority is
San Antonio, Texas, and the highest
percentage for any major U.S. city is El
Paso, Texas at 76%.
This list does not include cities such as Los
Angeles, California or Houston, Texas in
which merely a plurality of the residents
are Hispanic.
Thirty-one states do not have any
communities that are majority-Hispanic.
Note: Hispanics can be of any race.
54.8% of African Americans live in
the South.
17.6% - in the Northeast
18.7% - in the Midwest,
only 8.9% - in the western states.
The west does have a sizable black
population in certain areas,
however.
California, the nation's most
populous state, has the fifth largest
African-American population, only
behind New York, Texas, Georgia,
and Florida.
• Almost 58% of African Americans live in
metropolitan areas.
• With over 2 million black residents, New York
City had the largest black urban population in the
United States , overall the city has a 28% black
population.
• Chicago has the second largest black population,
with almost 1.6 million African Americans in its
metropolitan area representing about 18 percent
of the total metropolitan population.
Nearly three-quarters of the Asian
American population live in
metropolitan areas with
population greater than 2.5
million.
Asian Americans are concentrated
in the largest U.S. cities, with 40%
of all Asian Americans living in the
metropolitan areas around Los
Angeles, San Francisco, New York ,
and Chicago.
• Half of all Asian Americans live in Hawaii or the
West Coast, mostly in California.
• In regions with large numbers of Asian
Americans, suburban communities have
developed greatly. The schools in these areas
may offer languages such as Mandarin as a
second language. Since the 1970s, in addition to
Chinatowns, “Little Manila”, “ Koreatowns” and
“Little Saigons" have appeared in several cities.
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A. 1. What is the population of the
USA?
2. What is the main idea of “the
Melting pot”?
3. What are the religious groups
in the USA?
4. What is the largest population
group?
5. What regions of the country
are inhabited by the White
population?
6. What are the names of the
cities of the Hispanic origin?
B. 1. What parts of the world do
the population of the USA come
from?
2. How is the USA called?
3. What are the main
population groups in the USA?
4. What is the smallest
population group in the country?
5. What regions of the country
are inhabited by the African
Americans?
6. What are the names of the
cities of the French origin?
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