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About a third of Arab Americans live in California, Michigan and New York. It is estimated that 94% of Arab Americans live in metropolitan areas, the top five of which are Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. As this link from Wikipedia shows, Arab Americans have contributed to American society in innumerous ways from science and politics to journalism and entertainment.
Because Arab Americans can come from any of the 22 countries we previously shared, there are no distinct Arab physical characteristics. Arabs may have black, brown, blond or red hair and blue, brown or green eyes and have skin tones that range from very dark to very light. However, the US Census classifies all people of Arab or Middle Eastern ancestry as Caucasian. It is important to note, people from Iran are often mistakenly thought of as Arab. Although Iran boards Iraq, it originated in the Persian Empire and has a different language and cultural history from Arab countries. As we will explore in our final post with regarding to Arab American history month next week, shard culture and language is what unites Arabs from around the world.