Most Slovenian immigrants traveled to the United States between 1880-1914 and 1949-1956. During the early 1900s, the majority of those living in Slovenian communities around the United States were born in their home country of Slovenia. However, now the majority of those living in Slovenian communities are American-born. During the 2000 census, about 175 citizens claimed to be of Slovene descent. Currently, the majority of Slovenians live in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California. To accommodate Slovenian citizens and promote Slovenian culture in the United States, there are consulates located in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Atlanta, Denver, Hololulu, Miami Beach, San Fransisco, St. Paul, Michigan, Kansas, and Illinois, along with two consulates in Mexico.
Long before Slovenia was its own independent nation, the land that is present-day Slovenia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It remained part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. However, that nation created was not Slovenia; Yugoslavia was created by the Slovenes, the Serbs, and the Croats in 1929. After World War II, Yugoslavia became part of the Soviet Union's sphere of influence. Slovenia became an independent nation in June 1991. The Embassy of Slovenia in Washington, D.C. hosts events highlighting Slovenian music, film, dance, art, and food. The chancery is often open to the public for these events along with the popular EU Open House.