List of Italian-American neighborhoods
In the United States there are large concentrations of Italians and Italian Americans in many metropolitan areas of the United States, especially in the Northeastern United States and industrial cities in the Midwest. 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, 17.8 million Americans are of Italian descent. Communities of Italian Americans were established in many major industrial cities of the early 20th century, such as Baltimore (particularly Little Italy, Baltimore), Boston (particularly in the North End), Philadelphia proper (particularly South Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia metro area (particularly neighborhoods in Delco, Atlantic City, Little Italy, Wilmington; and Vineland), Pittsburgh (particularly Bloomfield), Northeastern Pennsylvania cities, Lehigh Valley cities, Detroit, Providence (particularly Federal Hill), St. Louis (particularly The Hill), Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Youngstown, Erie, Cleveland, Buffalo, Newark, and New York City, which boasts the largest Italian-American population, which live in several concentrated communities in the New York Metropolitan 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 Florida, 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.
- 1 Alabama
- 2 Arkansas
- 3 California
- 4 Colorado
- 5 Connecticut
- 6 Delaware
- 7 Florida
- 8 Illinois
- 9 Indiana
- 10 Louisiana
- 11 Maine
- 12 Maryland
- 13 Massachusetts
- 14 Michigan
- 15 Minnesota
- 16 Mississippi
- 17 Missouri
- 18 Nebraska
- 19 Nevada
- 20 New Hampshire
- 21 New Jersey
- 22 New York
- 23 North Carolina
- 24 Ohio
- 25 Oklahoma
- 26 Oregon
- 27 Pennsylvania
- 28 Rhode Island
- 29 Texas
- 30 Utah
- 31 Washington
- 32 West Virginia
- 33 Wisconsin
- 34 References
- This is a state Italian-Americans have largely avoided, due to the backwards culture and lack of industry.
- Lake Village, a farming community in southeastern Arkansas, enticed a number of families from northern Italy to become sharecroppers in the 1890s. Following a harsh and deadly winter, about half the families left and established Tontitown, west of Fayetteville, Arkansas in Benton/Washington counties.
- Little Italy in unincorporated northern Pulaski County near Little Rock.
- Cotati – Italian community in the area's grape-growing industry.
- Excelsior District, San Francisco – Italian-American Social Club is on Russia St., and Calabria Brothers Deli is around the corner on Mission Street.
- Fresno and some Italian descendants in portions of the San Joaquin Valley (i.e. Kern County with its grape industry).
- Gilroy – one of CA's wine countries.
- "Italian Colony", Oakland.
- Marin County (Albert Park, San Rafael).
- Napa – Little Italy is the East Napa historic neighborhoods of First-Juarez-Third Streets and Alta Heights. The Napa Valley wine industry owes its heritage to Italian vintners.
- North Beach, San Francisco – baseball legend Joe DiMaggio grew up here. The Italian Heritage Parade (formerly the Columbus Day Parade) is the oldest in the U.S. and one of the largest. North Beach is also the home of City Lights Books, which helped to give birth to the Beats literary movement.
- Sacramento metro area – descendants of the 1849 California Gold Rush.
- San Jose – The majority of contributions were of Southern Italian heritage. San Jose's old Italian neighborhoods are Goose Town and North San Jose.
- Santa Cruz County – CA coastal county.
- Sonoma County –the Italian Swiss Colony coop founded in the 1880s by Andrea Sbarbaro from Switzerland.
- Spaghetti Hill, Monterey – birthplace of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The Salinas Valley also has many Italian descendants.
- South San Francisco – sizable Italian community.
- Stockton – descendants of the 1849 California Gold Rush.
- Temescal, Oakland was thriving with Italian immigrants since the 1960s.
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- Altadena/ Pasadena – once had a Little Italy. Nearby Arcadia and Monrovia is where the area's Italian community moved to.
- Beaumont – grape industry.
- Camarillo – wine and grape industry.
- Desert Ridge/Sun City Shadow Hills, Indio.
- Fontana – wine and grape industry.
- Los Angeles
- Downtown Los Angeles (Fashion District), Italian community currently located around S Los Angeles Blvd.
- Formerly Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles (East Los Angeles (region)) which had a Little Italy, before they relocated to nearby Alhambra and Montebello.
- Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
- Via Italia, San Pedro
- Long Beach has a community, among others in LA metro area.
- Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley – Order of Sons of Italy America has a group there. 15-25% are of Italian descent.
- Palm Springs which has a "Little Tuscany" section, aka Las Palmas and Movie Colony.
- Redondo Beach/ Torrance.
- San Diego – Little Italy also in Point Loma.
- 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. And South Denver along with Cherry Creek has a number of Italian-Americans.
- Pueblo – Hundreds of Sicilians, particularly, settled in Pueblo at the turn of the 20th century. They have influenced the culture of the city powerfully.
- Trinidad – retirement community in the Sunbelt region of the US typically have many elderly Italian-Americans from the east coast.
19.3% of Connecticut's population claims Italian ancestry, making it the second most Italian state in the U.S. after Rhode Island.
- Beacon Falls
- Central End neighborhood along Madison Avenue
- Cos Cob
- East Haven (43% of residents claim Italian ancestry)
- Fair Haven
- Franklin Avenue, known as Little Italy of Hartford
- New Haven
- North Branford
- North Haven
- West Haven
- Fort Lauderdale – Little Italy Neighborhood Oakland & A1A near Galt Ocean Mile.
- Boca Raton
- Pompano Beach
- Port St. Lucie
- Tampa / Ybor City
- Addison
- Berwyn
- Chicago Heights
- Cicero
- Elmwood Park
- Herrin
- Melrose Park
- River Grove
- Schiller Park
- Skokie
- Bel Air
- College Park
- Middle River
- Perry Hall
- Brockton – birthplace of boxing champ Rocky Marciano
- East Cambridge
- Revere Beach - The Coney Islnd of New England in Revere
- South Quincy in Quincy
- Springfield (South-End)
- West Springfield, Massachusetts
- Worcester – Shrewsbury Street
- Minneapolis – St. Paul area: West 7th Street and "Nord-east" Minneapolis is an Italian area.
- Northern Minnesota Iron Mines region –
- 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.
- Kansas City – The northeast side is a "Little Italy" neighborhood called Columbus Park, known for its Italian culture.
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):
- Hammonton 45.9 (second highest percentage for a town in the United States)
- Dover Beaches South 42.8
- East Hanover, New Jersey 41.3
- Totowa 37.7
- Fairfield 50.3 (highest percentage for a town in the United States)
- South Hackensack 36.3
- Nutley 36.0
- Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) 34.3
- Moonachie 34.1
- Lyndhurst 33.8
- Buena 33.5
- Lodi 33.3
- Rutherford 33.2
- Ocean Gate 32.5
- Carlstadt 31.2
- Hasbrouck Heights 30.8
- West Long Branch 30.5
- Netcong 30.1
- Gibbstown 30.1
- Raritan 30.1
- Newfield 29.8
- Saddle Brook 29.8
- Cedar Grove 29.7
- Greenwich Township 29.3
- Glendora 28.7
- Belleville 28.7
- Little Falls 28.6
- Wayne 28.4
- Kenilworth 28.0
- Oceanport 27.7
- Lavallette 27.7
- North Arlington 27.4
- Longport 27.3
- Folsom 27.3
- Hawthorne 26.5
- Bloomfield 26.4
- Rochelle Park 26.1
- Washington Township 25.9
- Mystic Island 25.9
- Seaside Heights 25.7
- Blackwood 25.5
- Belford 25.3
- Riverdale 25.1
- East Rutherford 25.1
- Other places in New Jersey
- Asbury Park
- Atlantic City
- Bayonne (20.1% Italian American)
- Peterstown neighborhood was densely populated with about 90% Italian-Americans. It became less populated with Italians towards the late 1970s.
- Freehold Township (22.0% Italian-American)
- Hoboken – Four popular Italian-American celebrities—Frank Sinatra, Buddy Valastro, Jimmy Roselli and Joe Pantoliano—grew up here.
- Howell Township (23.8% Italian-American)
- Jersey City, particularly The Village
- Neptune City
Paterson used to have the largest Italian percentage of any NJ city.
- Sea Isle City
- Fish Alley
- Toms River (22.6% Italian American)
- Ventnor City (22.8% Italian American)
- Vineland (22.8% Italian American)
- West New York
- Wildwood and The Wildwoods
Large Italian-American population.
- Nassau County
- Suffolk County
New York City
See Also Italians in New York City.
- The Bronx
- Bath Beach
- Bay Ridge
- Bensonhurst (Little Italy of Brooklyn)
- Carroll Gardens
- Cobble Hill
- Dyker Heights
- Sections of Williamsburg
- Sections of Canarsie
- Sections of Gravesend
- Sections of Marine Park
- Sections of Sheepshead Bay
- South Brooklyn (obsolete term, now called Little Sicily)
- Historically, significant populations in Red Hook, East New York, Brownsville, and Flatbush
- Staten Island – The borough has the highest proportion of Italian Americans of any county in the United States. About 200,000 residents claim Italian heritage (55%).
Upstate New York
- Albany – the South End neighborhood
- Buffalo – the city's north side; however, they are scattered all across Buffalo, including a once high concentration on the city's West Side
- Endicott – The north side of the village is Little Italy.
- Gates – Little Italy of Rochester
- New Rochelle
- Niagara Falls
- North Syracuse
- Poughkeepsie – primarily the Mount Carmel District
- Rochester – West Side – Gates (the Little Italy of upstate New York)
- Rome – 30.2% Italian-American
- Troy – Hillary Clinton has proposed a "Little Italy" section in the city.
- Utica – 28% Italian-American, concentrated in East Utica
- Mount Pleasant
- Mount Vernon
- New Rochelle
- White Plains
- Highland Heights
- Mayfield Heights
- Mayfield Village
- South Euclid
- McAlester in historic Choctaw Nation.
- Muskogee area, from immigration in the 1889 land boom.
- Portland has a "Little Italy" neighborhood.
- Altoona – Little Italy and Gospel Hill
- Canonsburg – birthplace of singer Perry Como.
- Clifton Heights
- Drexel Hill
- Ellwood City
- Harmony Township
- Hopewell Township
- Kennedy Township
- Lansdale/North Wales in the North Penn Valley.
- New Castle (Mahoningtown)
- New Galilee
- New Kensington
- Old Forge – 34% of the population
- Penn Hills Township
- Philadelphia – home to the second-largest Italian-American population in the United States, according to the 2000 census
- Overbrook/West Philadelphia
- South Philadelphia – largely Italian
- Areas of Kensington
- Sections of Northeast Philadelphia
- Sections of Southwest Philadelphia
- Areas of West Kensington
- Poconos region.
- Ridley Township
- Roseto – 41.8% of the population
- Stowe Township
- Upper Darby Township
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.
- Bristol (21.2%)
- Cranston (34.5% Italian American)
- North Providence
- Warwick (22.8%)
- West Warwick
- Westerly (34.2% Italian American)
- Utah Italians – an article about Italian Americans in Utah, including converts to Mormonism, Waldenses from Lombardy and Italo-Protestants. The state's largest concentration in Sugarhouse district, Salt Lake City facing nearby South Salt Lake. 19th century Italian immigration in Ogden-Weber County.
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.
- Greenbush neighborhood of Madison – historically heavily Italian, but older Italians are dying off and younger ones have moved to the suburbs
- Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee
- Cable and other small towns in northern Wisconsin
- Kenosha has the largest Italian community in the state.
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