People Group Info
Total Population: 645,122ROP3 Code: 107987
IMB Affinity Group: Central Asia Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Persian
Language: Iranian Persian - (pes)
Country of Origin: Iran
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 113,856
Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 100,640
Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 43,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, VA - 39,919
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 26,862
Click here to recommend other locations where this People Group resides.
Thousands of Persians fled their homeland of Iran after the revolution and the fall of Shah in the late 1970's. Many fled to Europe and Canada, while others settled in the United States. For those who chose America, Texas became one of the largest settlement areas for Persians with large populations in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. California also is home to large populations of Persians.
They are often educated and very proud of their heritage and rich Persian culture. They are friendly and love their families.
Most consider themselves Shiite Muslims, while some adhere to Baha’i faith, Sufism, and the pre-Islamic religion of Zoroastrianism. Persians are insecure about their ultimate destiny. They realize their Islamic faith does not get them closer to God and are not sure at all where they are going to go after they die.
As a result, they are often open and receptive to hearing and even receiving the Gospel message.
Central Asian Peoples - Short Videos
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Online Talking Bible - Persian
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A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.
|Country||City||Metro Area Name||State / Prov.||Baseline Population|
|United States||Tehrangeles||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim||CA||113,856|
|Canada||Toronto||Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton)||ON||100,640|
|Canada||West Vancouver||Vancouver (Surrey)||BC||43,880|
|United States||Tysons Corner||Washington-Arlington-Alexandria||VA||39,919|
|United States||San Mateo||San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward||CA||26,862|
|United States||Great Neck||New York-Newark-Jersey City||NY||22,447|
|United States||Saratoga||San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara||CA||18,103|
|United States||La Jolla||San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos||CA||17,282|
|United States||El Dorado Hills||Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville||CA||15,321|
|United States||Plano||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington||TX||13,171|
|United States||Houston||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land||TX||12,175|
|United States||Cobb||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell||GA||9,412|
|United States||Pearl District||Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro||OR||6,982|
|United States||Prospect Heights||Chicago-Naperville-Elgin||IL||6,380|
|United States||Rancho Cucamonga||Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario||CA||5,703|
|United States||Simi Valley||Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura||CA||3,737|
|United States||Las Vegas||Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise||NV||3,683|
|United States||Bryn Mawr||Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington||PA||2,830|
|United States||St Louis||St. Louis||MO||2,617|
|United States||Raleigh||Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill||NC||2,500|
|United States||Louisville||Louisville/Jefferson County||KY||2,000|
|United States||Austin||Austin-Round Rock||TX||1,600|
|United States||Tampa||Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater||FL||1,542|