Most Norwegian immigration to the United States occurred in the period between the Civil War and World War I. During this time, rapid population growth combined with extremely small amounts of farmable land forced large numbers of Norwegians to leave their country in search of better conditions. The majority of these Norwegians settled in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, where they established large farms. After 1890, however, more and more immigrants settled in cities, especially (for a time) Brooklyn.
Except for the period of the Second World War, Norwegian immigration during the rest of this century has been extremely limited, tapering off to only a few hundred annually during recent years.
Contacts and Sources
Norwegian-American Historical Association
Norwegian Genealogical Group
Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library
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