Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Arabs in the U.S.

Among the nation's 304 million people, only 1.5 million are of Arab ancestry according to a 2006-10 American Community Survey analysis. Among the nation's 114 million households, only 511,000 are headed by someone of Arab ancestry. The Census Bureau defines Arab ancestry as an ethnic origin, heritage, or place of birth in one of the following: Alberia, Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, or Yemen.

Lebanese is the largest single Arab ancestry by far, with 486,000 U.S. residents identifying Lebanon as their origin. The Lebanese are also the most affluent Arab group, with a median household income of $67,264 in 2006-10 versus the $51,914 median for all U.S. households. Iraqis are the poorest Arab ancestry group, with a median household income of $32,075.

Source: Census Bureau, Arab Households in the United States: 2006-2010

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