People Group Info
Total Population: 220,000ROP3 Code: 107989
IMB Affinity Group: Central Asia Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Persian
Language: Dari - (prs)
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 30,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, VA - 18,533
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 18,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 11,883
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA - 11,010
Concentrations in California, New York, and Texas. Population estimates vary ... 80,000+ (US Census ACS) to 300,000 (Afghanistan Embassy - Washington, DC).
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Afghan people are composed of various ethnicities that exist in Afghanistan, reflecting the ethnolinguistic mosaic of their homeland in Afghanistan.
Large numbers of Afghan refugees began arriving in North America during the 1980s in the wake of the Soviet invasion. Some were officially designated as refugees, while others were granted political asylum. After 1989, however, arrivals have not only come as refugees but also due to reunite with family members already residing North America. This has lead inevitably to Afghans settling near each other, and in some caes ethnic enclaves becoming noticeable in larger metro areas.
The Afghan are separate from ethnic Pashtuns and other South Asian Muslims of Pashtun descent who originate outside Afghanistan's present day borders. As such, when asked, they normally call themselves "Afghan" even when asked more questions concerning any dialect languages they may speak.
An overwhelming majority of Afghan adhere to Islam. However, dress and way of life often reflects a more secular lifestyle. Moreover, the adherence of their people group identity is reinforced by watching Afghan television stations, listening to Afghan music, and eating traditional Afghan food at home. They also value their oral tradition of story telling. The stories they usually tell are about Nasreddin, Afghan history, myths and religion.
As mentioned, central to the Afghan way of life is storytelling, and many stories are so well known that they can be recited by heart at family and community gatherings. Proverbs are also central the Afghan way of life. A few proverbs include (1) Do not stop a donkey that is not yours, (2) What you see in yourself is what you see in the world, (3) When man is perplexed, God is beneficent, and (4) Where your heart goes, there your feet will go.
|Country||City||Metro Area Name||State / Prov.||Baseline Population|
|United States||Union City||San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward||CA||30,000|
|United States||Queens||New York-Newark-Jersey City||NY||18,000|
|United States||Irvine||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim||CA||11,883|
|United States||Elk Grove||Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville||CA||11,010|
|United States||Carlsbad||San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos||CA||5,000|
|United States||North Riverside||Chicago-Naperville-Elgin||IL||4,500|
|United States||Houston||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land||TX||2,500|
|United States||Rancho Cucamonga||Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario||CA||1,843|
|United States||St Louis||St. Louis||MO||1,423|
|United States||McKinney||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington||TX||1,200|
|United States||Round Rock||Austin-Round Rock||TX||800|
|United States||Simi Valley||Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura||CA||755|
|United States||Clarkston||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell||GA||100|
|United States||Riverside||Kansas City||MO||30|