Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic


  • Sherif Soliman
  • Natalie Wallace
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_48

Arab-Americans are immigrants to the USA from Arabic-speaking countries. Arabic-speaking countries are primarily located in North Africa and West Asia. The following countries comprise the Arab world: Africa – Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, and Tunisia; Asia – Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and the Palestinian territories.

The majority of Arab-Americans nationwide live on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and on the East Coast, respectively. The 2000 US Census reveals that 48% of Arabs live in the following states: California, Michigan, New York, Florida, and New Jersey. California has the largest number of Arabs with an estimated 750,000 inhabitants. Southeastern Michigan has the highest ethnic density of Arabs in the country, numbering greater than 490,000. There are significant demographic differences between Arab-Americans living in different parts of the country....

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Suggested Readings

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Suggested Resources

  1. Arab American Institute Foundation. (2008). Arab Americans; demographics. http://www.aaiusa.org/arab-americans/22/demographics
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherif Soliman
    • 1
  • Natalie Wallace
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryCase Western Reserve University School of MedicineClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryWayne State University, University Psychiatric CenterDetroitUSA