Iranian, Persian of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 354,457

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 - 300,000

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 55,000

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 35,000

  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - 20,187

  Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA - 15,321

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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 StatesBeverly HillsLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA300,000
United StatesSan MateoSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA55,000
United StatesJamaica (Queens)New York-Newark-Jersey CityNY35,000
United StatesSaratogaSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA20,187
United StatesEl Dorado HillsSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA15,321
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA15,182
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX12,175
United StatesPlanoDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX9,919
United StatesTysons CornerWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaVA8,500
United StatesRancho CucamongaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA7,634
United StatesProspect HeightsChicago-Naperville-ElginIL6,380
United StatesBellevueSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA6,234
United StatesPhoenixPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ4,798
United StatesMaldenBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA4,738
United StatesSimi ValleyOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA3,737
United StatesLas VegasLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV3,683
United StatesPikesvilleBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD3,092
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC3,000
United StatesEnglewoodDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO2,850
United StatesBryn MawrPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA2,830
United StatesSt LouisSt. LouisMO2,617
United StatesRaleighRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC2,500
United StatesLake OswegoPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR2,437
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL2,135
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY2,000
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX1,600
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL1,542
United StatesWest Bloomfield TownshipDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI1,332
United StatesVirginia BeachVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA1,311
United StatesEden PrairieMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN1,310