28 Facts About Iranian Americans


Iranian Americans are United States citizens or nationals who are of Iranian ancestry or who hold Iranian citizenship.

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Iranian Americans are among the most highly educated people in the United States.

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Iranian Americans was inspired to travel around the world due to the contradiction between the democratic ideals he read about and how his fellow Iranians were treated by their leaders.

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Iranian Americans began his travels as a 23-year-old looking for knowledge, to experience the lives of others, and to use that knowledge to help with Iran's progress.

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Iranian Americans's stay in the United States lasted 10 years, and he traveled across the country from New York to San Francisco.

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Iranian Americans met a variety of influential American figures including President Ulysses S Grant, who met with him on several occasions.

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Iranian Americans was imprisoned upon his return to Iran for taking a stand against living conditions there.

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Iranian Americans looked to the United States to protect him but to no avail.

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Second phase of Iranian Americans migration began immediately before and after the Iranian Americans Revolution of 1979 and the overthrow of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and became significant in the early 1980s.

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Third phase of Iranian Americans immigration started in 1995 and continues to the present.

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The group estimates that the number of Iranian Americans may have topped 691,000 in 2004—more than twice the figure of 338,000 cited in the 2000 US census.

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In 1985, the Los Angeles Times estimated 200,000 Iranian Americans were living in California; and by 1991 the estimate jumped to 800,000, however the accuracy of these numbers could be debated due to a lack of data.

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Iranian Americans have formed ethnic enclaves in many affluent neighborhoods mostly in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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Dallas' Iranian Americans community was large and influential enough to host US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a private visit in April 2019.

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Many Iranian Americans are non-Muslim due to the religious composition of those fleeing the Iranian Revolution, which included a disproportionate share of Iran's religious minorities, as well as subsequent ex-Muslim asylum seekers and other conversions away from Islam.

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Many Iranian Americans identify as irreligious or Shiite, but a full one-fifth are Christians, Jews, Baha'is, or Zoroastrians.

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Iranian Americans believes that, unlike many other immigrants who left their home countries because of economic hardships, Iranians left due to social or religious reasons like the 1979 revolution.

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About 50 percent of all working Iranian Americans are in professional and managerial occupations, a percentage greater than any other group in the United States.

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In 2013, another report was published, in the Archive of Iranian Americans Medicine, saying that, post-revolution, the number of Iranian Americans medical school graduates in the United States had grown to 5,045.

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In Los Angeles, Iranian Americans paid for a billboard to inform thousands of travelers on the 405 freeway of how the Iranian regime had murdered ten thousand political prisoners.

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An August 2008 Zogby International poll, commissioned by the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, found that approximately one-half of Iranian Americans identified themselves as registered Democrats, in contrast to one in eight as Republicans and one in four as independents.

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In contrast, one quarter of Iranian Americans cite foreign policy issues involving Iran–US relations and less than one-in-ten cite the internal affairs of Iran as being of greatest importance to them.

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From 1980 to 2004, more than one out of every four Iranian Americans immigrants was a refugee or asylee.

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The Iranian Americans authorities make the determination of a dual national's Iranian Americans citizenship without regard to personal wishes.

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Iranian Americans philanthropists constructed the Freedom Sculpture in the Century City neighborhood, in honor of the Persian artifact Cyrus Cylinder.

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In 2009, Martin Kramer, a Harvard professor, warned about the dangers of allowing Iranian Americans to get too close to power during the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference:.

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Over 60 Americans of Iranian descent were detained and interrogated at the Canadian border.

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Beverly Hills elected its first Iranian Americans-born Mayor, Jimmy Delshad, in 2007.

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