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Kahului Ranks in Top 15 US Melting Pot Cities

November 10, 2015, 5:21 PM HST
* Updated November 11, 6:38 AM
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Kahului photo credit: Flickr user/Travis.

Top 15 Cities in the U.S. Melting Pot ranked cities across the country with multiple ancestral ties.

Kahului tied for fifth place along with Norwich, Connecticut; Albany, New York; and Janesville, Wisconsin. reported the following about Kahului:

“Kahului is located among 16.3 square miles on Maui and has a population of more than 26,300. The city is a census-designated place and serves as a hub for retail for Maui, offering multiple malls and recognizable stores.

“The most popular heritages identified from those who are of multiple ancestries in Kahului are German, Irish and Portuguese.”


To channel each culture, an island menu could feature “a salted cod dish called bacalhau or carne de porco à Alentajana, which is pork marinated in wine and garnished with clams; twice baked potato casserole and beer bread; and/or arroz doce, a rice pudding flavored with lemon and cinnamon or Pfefferkuchen, which is a kind of German gingerbread.”


The data was taken from the US Census Bureau at The tables used were B04005, People Reporting Multiple Ancestry, from the 2013 ACS 5-year estimates and B01003, Total Population, also from the 2013 ACS 5-year estimates.

Top cities were determined by taking the total number of people reporting multiple ancestry in that city and dividing by the total population of that city to get a percentage. Cities were then sorted to rank the top 15 cities in terms of percentage of the population reporting multiple ancestry.

Once the top 15 cities were determined, looked at the ancestry distributions of people reporting multiple ancestry in that city (for example, the number of people who reported having multiple ancestry and identified Irish as one of their multiple ancestries).


From this, reported the top three ancestries (of people who reported having multiple ancestry in that city.

Rankings: % reporting multiple ancestry

Duluth, Minnesotta: 45% German, Norwegian, Swedish
Fargo, North Dakota: 43% German, Norwegian, Irish
Kingston, New York: 43% Irish, German, Italian
Scranton, Pennsylvania: 43% Irish, German, Polish
Madison, Wisconsin: 42% German, Irish, Norwegian
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 42% German, Irish, Italian
Torrington, Connectticut: 41% Irish, Italian, German
Minneapolis, MN: 41% German, Irish, Norwegian
Eau Claire, Wisconsin: 41% German, Norwegian, Irish
Fort Collins, Colorado: 41% German, Irish, Englsh
Bremerton, Washington: 41% German, Irish, English
Norwich, Connecticut: 40% Irish, Italian, English
Kahului, Hawai‘i: 40% German, Irish, Portuguese
Albany, New York: 40% Irish, German, Italian
Janesville, Wisconsin: 40% German, Irish, Norwegian

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