Greeks in Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Greeks in Wisconsin

Greeks in Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society
Dictionary of Wisconsin History.


Most of Wisconsin's Greek immigrants began arriving in the late 19th century and settled along Lake Michigan, particularly Sheboygan.  With a surge in Greek migration after 1905, Greek settlement spread throughout the state. By 1920, they numbered 3,833.

Most Greeks lived in cities. Milwaukee was home to the largest and most permanently-rooted Greek community in the state. Around 1905, Greeks also began settling in Beloit. Milwaukee's Greek population reached its peak in 1920, numbering between 4,000 and 5,000.

[Source: Wisconsin's Cultural Resources Study Units, Wisconsin Historical Society]

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