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|Regions with significant populations|
|North Jersey and New York metropolitan area; also Michigan, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona|
|Predominantly Christians and Muslims; some Jewish|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Israeli Americans, Jordanian Americans, Syrian Americans, Lebanese Americans, Turkish Americans and other groups from the Levant|
Palestinian Americans (Arabic: الأميركيون الفلسطينيون) (Hebrew: אמריקאים פלסטיניים) are Americans of Palestinian ancestry. It is difficult to say when the first Palestinian immigrants arrived at the United States; however, many of the first immigrants to arrive were Christians escaping persecution from the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century. Others came as a result of the tension during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and the 1967 Six-Day War.
The first Palestinians who emigrated to the United States arrived after 1908 and were Christians. Later the first Palestinian Muslims emigrated to the United States. Palestinian emigration began to reduce since 1924, with the law limiting the number immigrants, as well as the Great Depression. The population began to increase after World War II: the Arab-Israeli War, the Nakba, and the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948 caused many Palestinian to immigrate, most as refugees. However, the greatest wave of Palestinian immigration began in 1967 after the Six-Day War, or as Arabs call it the June War. This wave of immigrants reached its peak in the 1980s. Most Palestinians that immigrated to the United States in this period were more educated than the Palestinians that arrived until 1967, thanks to the schools sponsored by the ONU and the increased of the university in the Middle East.
Many Palestinians settled down in the metropolitan areas of New York City, Paterson in Northern New Jersey, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland alongside other Mediterranean communities, including the Lebanese, Syrians, Turks, Greeks, Italians, and Egyptians.
According to the 2000 United States Census, there were 72,112 people of Palestinian ancestry living in the United States. However, The Arab American Institute Foundation estimates the figure at 252,000 while the Palestinian American Council puts it at 179,000 (1999).
In the United States approximately 46% of Palestinians have at least a college degree, compared to 18% of the American population. The study of culture and the Arabic language is increasingly important among Palestinians, especially in college and graduate school. Thus, also some Palestinian or Arab organizations are working to monitor and improve the teaching of Arab history and culture in the American schools.
Language and culture
Palestinians speak Palestinian Arabic.