The Arab American Community

The United States is home to over 3.5 million Arab Americans. The cities with largest Arab American populations are Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Diversity in the Arab-American Population

There are 22 Arab countries, including Palestine, which are members of the Arab League and share a common history, language and culture-the immigrants who migrated to America are from a select group of Arab countries.


Arab Americans are not officially recognized as a federal minority group and because of this, reporting numbers are almost never exact.

U.S. Arab American Population

Nationality Group Population Estimates
Lebanese/Syrian 1,600,000
Palestinian/Jordanian 180,000
Egyptian 360,000
Iraqi 160,000
Moroccan 100,000
Other 600,000
Total 3,000,000
Arab American Religion

  • The Arab American community is religiously diverse.
  • Almost every major religion is represented in the Arab American community.
  • Christians: Maronite Catholic, Melkite Catholic, Syrian Catholic, Chaldean Catholic, Roman Catholic, Antiochian Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Protestant
  • Muslims: Sunni, Shia and Druze

Arab American Education

  • Arab Americans with at least a high school diploma number 85%
  • More than 4 out of 10 Arab Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 17% of Arab Americans have a post-graduate degree which is nearly twice the American average (9%).
  • Of the school age population, 13% are in pre-school, 58% are in elementary or high school, 22% are enrolled in college and 7% are in graduate school.