U.S. Census data on American Arabs from 2000

U.S. Census data on American Arabs from 2000

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U.S. Census data on American Arabs from 2000

The 2000 Census and how it fails to accurately track numbers, but does pinpoint community congregations of Arab Americans.


What does the 2000 Census say about Arab Americans living in America? It’s not very accurate.

Community Place type Notes % Arab
Hamtramck, MI city 6.3
Dearborn, MI city 4.6
Bridgeview, IL village 4.2
Baileys Crossroads, VA populated place 3.6
Oak Park, CA populated place 3.3
Prospect Park, NJ borough 3.2
Chicago Ridge, IL village Southwest suburban Chicago 3.1
Topeka, IN town 2.8
Buttonwillow, CA populated place 2.8
Lackawanna, NY city 2.8
Haledon, NJ borough 2.6
Moodus, CT populated place 2.5
Burbank, IL city Southwest suburban Chicago 2.4
Hickory Hills, IL city Southwest suburban Chicago 2.2
Justice, IL village Southwest suburban Chicago 2.1
Stickney, IL township Southwest suburban Chicago 2.0
Dalworthington Gardens, TX city 1.9
Dunn Loring, VA populated place 1.9
Lodi, OH township 1.7
Cassville, WV populated place 1.7
Coldwater, MI city 1.6
Orland Hills, IL village Southwest suburban Chicago 1.6
Oak Lawn, IL village Southwest suburban Chicago 1.5
Palos, IL township Southwest suburban Chicago 1.5
Orchard Lake Village, MI city 1.5
Worth, IL village Southwest suburban Chicago 1.5
Wallace, NC town 1.4
Water Mill, NY populated place 1.4
Seven Corners, VA populated place 1.4
Alsip, IL village Southwest suburban Chicago 1.4
Lewisburg, WV city 1.4
West Buechel, KY city 1.4
Piney Point Village, TX city 1.3
Wesley Chapel, FL populated place 1.3
Coldwater, MI township 1.3
Fairview, NJ borough 1.3
Coitsville, OH township 1.3
Dale, IL township 1.2
Dearborn Heights, MI city 1.2
Palos Hills, IL city Southwest suburban Chicago 1.2
Worth, IL township Southwest suburban Chicago 1.2
Colma, CA town 1.2
Lavallette, NJ borough 1.2
Lake Providence, LA town 1.1
Miami Lakes, FL town 1.1
Amity, NY town 1.1
Melvindale, MI city 1.1
Oak Brook, IL village 1.1
Shady Hills, FL populated place 1.0
Temple Terrace, FL city 1.0
Milton, OH township 1.0
Park Ridge, NJ borough 1.0

Sources: 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau; The Arab Population: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, ed. Stephan Thernstrom; Ancestry: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (June 2004); ePodunk


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