Arab, Yemeni of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 61,105

ROP3 Code: 109729
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Yemeni
Language: Ta'izzi-Adeni Arabic - (acq)
Religion: Islam - Shia
Country of Origin: Yemen

Majority Located Where

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 25,000

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 20,000

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 2,270

  Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY - 1,681

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 1,510

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Brief Profile

Arab, Yemeni people began to move to North America to flee the impoverished conditions of Yemen, they simply came to America looking for a better life. Many Yemenis came to America to work in the automotive industry and because of this Michigan is home to a large percentage of the American, Yemeni population. A large number of first generation Yemenis came to America many years ago and have since retired and have had children that have gone on to be very successful in their chosen profession. Often times before a man would move his entire family to the United States he would come for a year or two to work then after he had saved the money and found a good place to settle he would bring the rest of the family with him.

Most Arab, Yemeni people are devout followers of Islam. Women wear traditional dress and the men marry Yemeni women.

They are very close to other Arab People Groups in their communities. As a result, they retain much of their culture. Their closest relationships though are with their families. They have very close ties to their family and they rely very heavily upon one another. Children, even after being grown and married, help and care for their parents.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God would open the hearts of these hardworking people.
  • Pray that God would show the Arab, Yemeni people of their need to rely on Him.
  • Pray that the Church in America would begin to minister among the Arab, Yemeni people.


Global Recordings Network
PG - Yemeni Story set (pdf)
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesHamtramckDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI25,000
United StatesBrooklynNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY20,000
United StatesPinoleSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA2,270
United StatesLackawannaBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY1,681
United StatesOak LawnChicago-Naperville-ElginIL1,510
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON1,435
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA823
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA657
United StatesReedleyFresnoCA657
United StatesMemphisMemphisTN401
United StatesRochesterRochesterNY391
United StatesFort WorthDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX390
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL200
United StatesFayettevilleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR83
United StatesMcAllenMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX15
United StatesBurgawWilmingtonNC2