List of Italian-American neighborhoods

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Italian-Americans in the United States are found in large concentrations in many metropolitan areas of the United States. In particular, states such as New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Michigan, Florida, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts have larger populations of Italian-Americans than other states by national average. According to a recent United Census Bureau estimate, there are 17.8 million Americans are of Italian descent.[1] Communities of Italian Americans were established in most major industrial cities of the early 20th century, such as Baltimore, Boston (particularly in the "North End"), Philadelphia (particularly in certain neighborhoods of South Philadelphia), Pittsburgh, Providence, St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, Tampa and Kansas City and New York City, which boasts the largest Italian-American population, which lives in several concentrated communities around the Five-Borough area. New Orleans, Louisiana was the first site of immigration of Italians into America in the 19th century, before Italy was a unified nation-state. This was before New York Harbor and Baltimore became the preferred destinations for Italian immigrants.

In sharp contrast to the Northeast, most of the Southern states (exceptions being the Atlantic coast of Florida, Tampa, New Orleans, Baltimore, and a fast-growing community in Atlanta) have very few Italian-American residents. During the labor shortage in the 19th and early 20th centuries, planters in the Deep South did attract some Italian immigrants to work as sharecroppers, but they soon left the extreme anti-Italian discrimination and strict regimen of the plantations for towns or other states.

The state of California has had Italian-American residents since the 1850s. Since the 1950s, like many Americans, Italian Americans have moved to the slower-paced and rapidly growing Western states, including Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada.

Today, New York and New Jersey have the largest populations of Italian-Americans in the United States, while Rhode Island and Connecticut have the highest overall percentage in relation to their respective overall populations.


  • Daphne – Prior to the 1978 annexation of the Lake Forest subdivision, Daphne was a heavily Italian community, and pre-1978 Daphne territory remains Italian, with street names such as Guarisco. The Archdiocese of Mobile considers Christ the King Parish in Daphne as an Italian-American parish.



Northern California[edit]

Southern California[edit]


  • Denver — "Little Italy" has its roots in the Highlands neighborhood of North Denver. Italian miners, railroad workers and farmers developed Colorado in the late 19th century, and northern Italians are well represented. Many restaurants and Italian run businesses remain in the neighborhood.


19.3% of Connecticut's population claims Italian ancestary, making it the second most Italian state in the US after Rhode Island.

District of Columbia[edit]













  • Kansas City – The northeast side is a "Little Italy" neighborhood called Columbus Park, known for its Italian culture.
  • The Hill, Saint Louis – Three famous baseball figures—Yogi Berra, Harry Caray and Joe Garagiola—grew up here. The district remains one of the largest Italian neighborhoods in the United States.



New Hampshire[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New Jersey municipalities with over 25% of the population identifying themselves as of Italian ancestry (in those municipalities where at least 1,000 residents identified their ancestry):[4]

Other places in New Jersey

New York[edit]

The state of New York has the largest population of Italian Americans, at 3.1 million people. The majority of Italian Americans in New York City originated from southern parts of the country.

New York City[edit]

Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

Long Island[edit]

Westchester County[edit]

Rockland County[edit]

Upstate New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]



  • Portland has a "Little Italy" neighborhood.


Rhode Island[edit]

19% of Rhode Island residents are Italian American, the greatest percentage of any state. 199,180 of Rhode Island's population of 1,048,319 claim Italian ancestry.



West Virginia[edit]

Approximately 11% of the combined population of "Mountaineer Country", collectively the north central West Virginia cities of Clarksburg, Fairmont and Morgantown claim Italian ancestry, mostly from Italian immigrants recruited to work in mining and glass manufacturing. [6]