Persian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 645,122

ROP3 Code: 107987
IMB Affinity Group: Central Asia Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Persian
Language: Iranian Persian - (pes)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Iran

Majority Located Where

  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

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Brief Profile

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.

Prayer Points

  • For God to give Christians a non-judgmental love and without prejudice for the Persian people group.
  • For discipleship and spiritual growth of new Persian believers.
  • Pray for churches to develop intentional church planting strategies specifically focusing on Persians.
  • Pray for Christians that live and work among Persians to begin loving friendships with them.


Global Recordings Network
Online Talking Bible - Persian
PG - Persian Story Set - DISCIPLESHIP (pdf)
PG - Persian Story Set - EVANGELISM (pdf)
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM839
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX500
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX1,600
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA594
United StatesBaton RougeBaton RougeLA228
United StatesBeaumontBeaumont-Port ArthurTX100
United StatesBeaumontBeaumont-Port ArthurTX107
United StatesBellevueSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA6,234
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL243
United StatesBryn MawrPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA2,830
United StatesBuffaloBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY665
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC3,000
United StatesCinCincinnati-MiddletownOH421
United StatesCobbAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA9,412
United StatesCranberry TwpPittsburghPA454
United StatesEden PrairieMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN1,310
United StatesEdmondOklahoma CityOK1,258
United StatesEl Dorado HillsSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA15,321
United StatesEl PasoEl PasoTX160
United StatesElnoraAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY466
United StatesEnglewoodDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO2,850
United StatesFayettevilleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR255
United StatesFishersIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN890
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA1,004
United StatesGrand RapidsGrand Rapids-WyomingMI166
United StatesGreat NeckNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY22,447
United StatesHamdenNew Haven-MilfordCT371
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX12,175
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN890
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL824