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 StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL243
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR470
United StatesFayettevilleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR255
United StatesPhoenixPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ4,798
United StatesTucsonTucsonAZ1,079
CanadaWest VancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC43,880
United StatesSimi ValleyOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA3,737
United StatesTehrangelesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA113,856
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA1,004
United StatesRancho CucamongaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA5,703
United StatesSaratogaSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA18,103
United StatesSan MateoSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA26,862
United StatesEl Dorado HillsSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA15,321
United StatesLa JollaSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA17,282
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA594
United StatesEnglewoodDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO2,850
United StatesSheltonBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT542
United StatesHamdenNew Haven-MilfordCT371
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL1,542
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL824
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL2,135
United StatesCobbAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA9,412
United StatesKapoleiHonoluluHI285
United StatesProspect HeightsChicago-Naperville-ElginIL6,380
United StatesFishersIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN890
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN890
United StatesOverland ParkKansas CityKS319
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY2,000
United StatesKennerNew Orleans-MetairieLA255
United StatesBaton RougeBaton RougeLA228

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