Traditional European culture is well represented in Davis via groups like the Merrie Pryanksters

European-Americans, many from Spain, settled what is now California and the Davis area in the early 1800's. They brought a wide variety of various regional heritages from across the continent of Europe. Racially they range from the dark skinned people of the Mediterranean skirting the Middle East to the fair haired and skinned Scandinavians.

If you are new to the area from Europe, you might be interested in the services at the International House. Various European cuisines of varying authenticity are found at some of the restaurants in town. Many more European restaurants are located in nearby Sacramento or Winters, such as the Fox & Goose Pub, Streets of London Pub and the Irish Pub & Coffee House.


If you are interested in the history of Western Civilization, you might be interested in the Society for Creative Anachronism, which recreates the middle ages from a euro-centric (although not exclusive) perspective. Various Renaissance Faires exist throughout the Northern California area, some specifically oriented toward Italian or Celtic heritages.

Traditional European folk dance is well represented in Davis with the English Country Dancers and Merrie Pryanksters. European music inspires some people in the Davis music scene, including our own Davis High School Madrigal Singers.


Spanish immigrants were the first Europeans to settle the area, founding Mission Dolores. From that location, J.M. Vaca and J.F. Peña founded Rancho Los Puttos in 1842. This massive ranch stretched from Vacaville to the edges of South Davis. Eleven years later, Joseph B. Chiles established Rancho Laguna de Santos Calle by purchasing part of Vaca's land. One of the subdivided areas of Chiles' land was Jerome C. Davis' stock ranch which is now Downtown Davis.

UC Davis

  • Anybody know what resources for European students doing study/in the grad programs at UCD are?


People identified primarily as European-Americans comprise about two-thirds of of Davis' population, a clear majority, on par with the rest of the United States. UC Davis underrepresents European-Americans by a larger percentage than it does African-Americans, however the proportion of underrepresentation is much smaller. The number of European-Americans identifying students at UC Davis is almost the same as the amount of Asian identifying students.



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2006-01-18 09:54:52   It was strange at first that there was an "European-Americans" page. I think that's because I perceive whites as not fully acknowledging their European heritage. I mean, they do, but there's not need for white people to say that they're "European" since being an "American" in the international world is all about being white. —RitchieLee

2006-01-18 12:19:10   What you say makes sense. Being a white person of mixed race it there is no way to identify completely with a particular culture. I myself have taken to the German heritage. Having a schmorgous-borge of options I suppose I really could have been any European I wanted to be. However, I do find it comforting to have some cultural ideal to cling to as my own. It may seem silly to some; but it gives one some form of identification. Dare I say something to be proud of? I know that can be a bit taboo, but it seems a great way to summarize the whole feeling. —AndrewBanta