Demographic, social and economic
characteristics of Polish Americans

Population of Polish Americans in the USA and selected states

Total population: 9,250,000 self-identified

New York 980,00010.59%
Michigan 854,0009.23%
New Jersey 575,0006.21%
Massachusetts 323,0003.49%
Illinois 930,000 (Chicago and suburbs over 820 000)10.05%
Pennsylvania 820,0008.86%
Florida 429,0004.63%
Connecticut 284,0003.07%
US Census Bureau American Community Survey, 2014.

$67 000
Average household income

$37 000
Average individual income

40%
Bachelor’s or higher degree

72%
Home ownership

Chicago Metro Market

The Chicago market boasts one of the largest Polish populations outside of Poland. 800,000 people in the market are of Polish ancestry:

Cook 500,000+62%
Will: 60,000+7%
McHenry: 30,000+3%
DuPage: 100,000+12%
Lake: 60,000+7%
Kane: 30,000+3%

Chicagoland Polish-American Community Highlights

  • 300,000 to 400,000 people speak Polish for day-to-day communication (no detailed data).
  • Over 120 grocery stores service the Polish language customer
  • Nearly 400 Polish speaking health-service providers
  • 40 Polish Saturday schools with almost 17,000 students
  • 44 public grade/high schools with Polish bilingual programs
  • 42 private Polish language pre-schools/kindergartens
  • Over 60 non-for-profit organizations (foundations, clubs, associations etc.)
  • 50 churches with Polish language masses
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