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Patterns of Immigrant Customers Over the Decades

A survey of Dollar Bank's savings account ledgers demonstrates the evolving patterns of immigration among our customers from 1855 through the 1920s.

During Dollar Bank's first fifteen years, about half of our customers were immigrants.  The two largest immigrant groups, both in Pittsburgh and among our depositors, were Germans and Irish. The British Isles and Germany constituted the most common birthplaces of immigrant customers up through the 1880s.

Over the next two generations, immigrants from Central, Southern and Eastern Europe made up an increasing percentage of Dollar Bank's new customers.

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