List of Italian-American neighborhoods

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In the United States there are large concentrations of Italians 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, 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, Detroit, Providence, St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, Youngstown, Erie, Cleveland, Buffalo, 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.

Alabama[edit]

  • 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 an Italian-American parish.

Arkansas[edit]

  • 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.
  • Little Italy in unincorporated northern Pulaski County near Little Rock
  • Tontitown, west of Fayetteville

California[edit]

Northern California[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sonoma County –the Italian Swiss Colony coop founded in the 1880s by Andrea Sbarbaro
  • Spaghetti Hill, Monterey – birthplace of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The Salinas Valley also has many Italian descendants.
  • Temescal, Oakland was thriving with Italian immigrants since the 1960s.

Southern California[edit]

Colorado[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.[citation needed]

Connecticut[edit]

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

Delaware[edit]

District of Columbia[edit]

Florida[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Louisiana[edit]

Maine[edit]

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

Missouri[edit]

  • 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.

Nebraska[edit]

Nevada[edit]

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):[9]

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.

Long Island[edit]

New York City[edit]

Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

Rockland County[edit]

Upstate New York[edit]

Westchester County[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oregon[edit]

  • Portland has a "Little Italy" neighborhood.

Pennsylvania[edit]

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.

Texas[edit]

Utah[edit]

Washington[edit]

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. [17]

Wisconsin[edit]

  • 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
  • Kenosha has the largest Italian community in the state.

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