Danish Churches and Congregations In Indianapolis, 1868-1885
A look at the population make-up of Indianapolis and Indiana during the time period from the end of the Civil War (approximately 1865) until the 1880s shows that the Danes had little impact in the relatively small Indiana immigration picture. Indiana was less influenced by foreign born than any other northern state. Although ranking ninth in the number of German-born residents in 1880, Indiana ranked thirteenth in the number of foreign born, and was sixth in total population. As a state it was not particularly aggressive in promoting itself as a viable destination for immigrants, and ranked only in front of Delaware in the number of foreign born in relation to the total population. Some other destinations of the Old Northwest-Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois-ended up with much larger concentrations of Danish immigrants.