List of ethnic enclaves in North American cities

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Ethnic enclaves in North American cities
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New York City is home to the largest overseas Chinese population of any city proper in the Western Hemisphere, with over half million. Multiple large Chinatowns in Manhattan, Brooklyn (above), and Queens are thriving as traditionally urban ethnic enclaves, as large-scale Chinese immigration continues into New York,[1][2][3][4] with the largest metropolitan Chinese population outside of Asia.[5]
Broad Avenue, Koreatown (팰리세이즈 파크 코리아타운) in Palisades Park, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA,[6] where Koreans comprise the majority (52%) of the population.[7]
India Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, is one of at least 24 Indian American enclaves characterized as a Little India which have emerged within the New York City Metropolitan Area, with the largest metropolitan Indian population outside Asia, as large-scale immigration from India continues into New York.[1][2][3][8]

This is a list of ethnic enclaves in various countries of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to the native population. An ethnic enclave in this context denotes an area primarily populated by a population with similar ethnic or racial background. This list also includes concentrations rather than enclaves, and historic examples which may no longer be an ethnic enclave.[9]


List by world region and national origin[edit]

African Americans[edit]

List of African-American neighborhoods - Thousands of African-American neighborhoods exist today. However, many of these communities are now less populated by African Americans than they were during the earlier, sometimes mid and late parts of the 20th century.


Asia (East, South and Southeast)[edit]




Manhattan's Chinatown, home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere,[12][13][14][15][16] is the oldest of at least 9 Chinatowns in the New York City Metropolitan Area.


Chinatown, San Francisco
Toronto's downtown Chinatown









Pakistani and other South Asian shops in Gerrard Street, Toronto


Sri Lanka[edit]




Little Saigon, Orange County, California





12 Largest Bulgarian-American communities.

  • Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Boston.
  • Chicago.
  • Cleveland.
  • Detroit.
  • Los Angeles - since the 1960s, the largest in USA.
  • Montgomery, Alabama.
  • New Jersey (many Jews, Romanians, Hungarians and Ukrainians mixed in).
  • New York City - older established community.
  • Philadelphia.
  • Pittsburgh.
  • San Francisco.


Czech Republic[edit]


Eastern European Jewish[edit]


France or Franco-American[edit]


A German-style home, now a restaurant, in the San Angel neighborhood, Mexico City





Canada -

Mexico -

  • La Merced thousands of Italians settled in La Merced neighbourhood during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many were from Northern Italy (Veneto, Lombardians, Piedmontese, Trentinos, Ligurians and Tuscans) while others were from Calabria, Sicily, Abruzzo, and Basilicata or the "undesired" Italians but who later gained fortune and moved to wealthier parts of the city.
  • La Aldana agricultural colony in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City settled hundreds of Lombardian and Trentino families from northern Italy. The colony was absorbed by Mexico City but still retains many of the original italian families.
  • Chipilo, Puebla, Mexico. Outside of the city of Puebla and near Cholula, this town retains a distinc Venetian identity and their language from the Veneto region.
  • Gutierrez Zamora, Veracruz the first agricultural colony made of Italians knows as the "Model Colony" consisted of Ligurian, Sardinian and Piedmontese immigrants who first settled around Papantla, but moved closer to the coast and formed Gutierrez Zamora gaining fortunes with the vanilla plantations.
  • Guadalajara, Jalisco.
  • Lombardía (Michoacán), Michoacán.
  • Nueva Italia, Michoacán.
  • Zentla, Veracruz.
  • Huatusco, Veracruz a colony formed mainly of Trentino, Venetian and Lombardian families in La Colonia Manuel Gonzalez who have spread out around the mountainous region between Cordoba, Orizaba and the port of Veracruz. Tot his day it is the largest Italian region within Mexico.
  • Colonia Diez Gutierrez in San Luis Potosi near Ciudad del Maiz is a colony known as "La Colonia Italiana" and it is formed by Trentino families from what became both Austria and Italy or the Südtirol creating the only Austro-Italian colony in the world.
  • Monterrey, Nuevo Leon when the industry grew in northern Mexico, many families from all over Italy migrated here and prospered.
  • Tijuana in Baja California many southern Italians made their home in Tijuana especially during the American Prohibition Era running bars, casinos and links with the Mafia. Many Italians fled the United States and Canada during the persecutions of the crime families to Tijuana and during WWII and made Tijuana their home as well. The Caesar Salad was created here by an Italian immigrant gaining much fame.
  • Ensenada in Baja California thousands of Italian families migrated here for the Gold Rush and stayed for the wine country in the Guadalupe Valley. Most families are of northern and central Italian background and one of the largest communities of the last hundred plus years. Many of the largest Winemakers are of Italian background today.



Louisiana Creole/Cajun/Louisiana People[edit]









7% of the population in Saskatoon in Canada is of Norwegian ancestry.







United Kingdom[edit]

Also persons of mainly English American ancestry. See White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs).

- Outside USA -


(Northern Ireland - since 1919)[edit]



Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia[edit]

Largest Arab-American and Middle eastern enclaves. Main Article: List of Arabic neighborhoods:


Arab World/Near East (also Assyrians and Chaldeans)[edit]


In order of size of Armenians, also the further away from Los Angeles, largest Armenian community outside Armenia. Main Article: History of the Armenian Americans in Los Angeles).


Chechnya (Caucasus)[edit]

An estimated 50,000 Chechens live in the US, here are the top communities (#1 is Washington, D.C. area).


Iraq (includes Assyrians and Chaldeans)[edit]

Israel (Jews and Arabs)[edit]

Kurds (Kurdistan)[edit]


Latin America and Caribbean[edit]

Central and South America[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

El Salvador[edit]

Except Puerto Ricans (4th as a nationality, 2nd in ancestry among Hispanics and Latinos), Salvadorans are the 2nd largest Hispanic/Latino ethnicity in the US, close to Dominicans who are 3rd. Large Salvadoran communities developed in the late 20th/early 21st century period as a result of civil war, economic conditions, political turmoil and gang violence in the country, the country El Salvador is among the smallest in size in the Western Hemisphere. The largest Salvadoran population is in Central parts of Los Angeles and throughout California (i.e. the Coachella Valley/Palm Springs) along with Central American groups like Guatemalans, Hondurans and Nicaraguans.[64] Recent census data shows that for the first time, there are more Salvadorans living on Long Island than Puerto Ricans, with Salvadorans now numbering nearly 100,000,[65] representing nearly a quarter of all Hispanics in the region, making them the largest Latino group in Long Island (New York State). They tend to live in suburban towns like Hempstead and Uniondale.

  • City of Los Angeles - largest Salvadoran city outside El Salvador.
    • Alameda Street/East Side/Southeast.
    • Boyle Heights.
    • Broadway Plaza (esp 7th street).
    • Echo Park/Elysian Park/Silver Lake.
    • El Barrio Salvador (along with other Central Americans).
    • Koreatown (Largest Salvadoran community, now outnumbers Koreans).
    • Little Salvador/Westlake.
    • Main Street/12th Place.
    • Mid-City.
    • Pico-Union (also Guatemalans and Hondurans).
    • Silver Lake/Los Feliz (also a large Mexican population).
    • South-Central/Florence.
    • University area (Latino Quarter).
  • Greater Los Angeles
    • Bell/Bell Gardens.
    • Compton/Rancho Dominguez.
    • East Los Angeles/Commerce.
    • Garden Grove (also Palestinian and Vietnamese section)- extends into Anaheim (Downtown).
    • Lomita/Harbor City/Torrance (also Nicaraguans and Costa Ricans).
    • Long Beach (Little Salvador).
    • Orange/El Modena.
    • San Fernando/Pacoima.
    • Santa Ana (Little Delhi - also many Indians, and Little Salvador - with other Central Americans).
    • Santa Monica (Pico District) extends into West Los Angeles.
  • Southern California
    • San Diego (City Heights, East SD).
    • El Cajon
    • Cathedral City (Ramon road).
    • Coachella/Indio.
    • Colton (North side).
    • Fontana/Rialto.
    • Guadalupe/Santa Maria.
    • Lancaster/Palmdale.
    • Moreno Valley (Sunnymead).
    • Oxnard/Ventura.
    • Riverside (East side - one of US' largest Salvadoran blocks).
    • San Bernardino (Downtown - similarly like above).
    • Victorville.
  • Central California
    • Bakersfield.
    • Fresno.
    • Salinas and its valley.
  • Northern California
    • Colma.
    • Napa.
    • Oakland (south, west and downtown).
    • Richmond.
    • Sacramento.
    • San Francisco (goes back to the 1910s), mainly the Dolores and Mission Districts.
    • San Jose/Santa Clara (large settlement of Salvadoran war refugees since 1975).
    • San Rafael.
    • Sonoma valley area.
    • Stockton.
    • Vallejo/Fairfield.
  • Elsewhere


Puerto Rican (see also Nuyorican)[edit]

West Indies and Caribbean[edit]

All are largest Belizean, Cuban and Puerto Rican communities in California, respectively, all in Los Angeles area.


Afro Caribbeans (Caribbean Americans)[edit]

Americans (US)[edit]

Ethnic enclaves of Americans

- Mexico - (one to 3.5 million Americans, expatriates and by descent)

Ajijic and the Lake Chapala region, Mexico; Cancun; Guerrero Negro and Los Cabos, Baja California Sur; Puerto Vallarta; San Felipe, Baja California; Tijuana, and many others (see Americans in Mexico).

- Canada - (500,000 to a million Americans, expatriates and by descent)

Alberta, esp. cities of Calgary and Edmonton; the Windsor, Ontario and Niagara Falls, Ontario areas facing the border; and Vancouver, British Columbia. In the 1960s-70s, about 50,000 Vietnam war draft dodgers from the USA settled in Canada, esp. Toronto.




Seasonal residents known as "Snowbirds" are in Florida (esp. Hollywood near Miami in the South Florida metro area), the Carolinas, Gulf Coast of the United States, South Texas, Arizona (the Phoenix metro area), Las Vegas, Nevada; and Southern California (the largest concentrations in the Coachella Valley).

French Canadians[edit]

- Canada (they form a majority of population in Quebec) -

- USA -

Jews (of many nationalities)[edit]

Arizona, California,[89] Colorado, South Florida, Oregon and Texas have large Jewish communities, many are seasonal or retirement.[citation needed]

Native Americans[edit]

The highest concentration of Urban Indians is believed to be in Anchorage, Alaska where over 10 percent of the population identify themselves in the census as having some Native ancestry, with 7.3 percent identifying that as their only ancestry.

Some moderate-sized cities and suburbs lie adjacent to Indian Reservations, examples being Asheville, North Carolina; Auburn, New York (nearby Iroquois Nation); Bartlesville, Oklahoma (Osage Indian Reservation); Billings, Montana; Bismarck, North Dakota; Claremore, Oklahoma (historically Cherokee Nation); Grand Coulee, Washington; Muskogee, Oklahoma; Oneida Indian Reservation, New York; Pierre, South Dakota; Rapid City, South Dakota; St. Ignace, Michigan; Sedona, Arizona; Tacoma, Washington; Utica, New York; Wenatchee, Washington; Yankton, South Dakota; and Zebulon, North Carolina. A mostly non-Indian community of Salamanca, New York within the Allegany Indian Reservation located in Upstate New York.



Pacific Islanders[edit]

See also Samoans and Guamanians.

Seventh-day Adventists (religious group communities and concentrations)[edit]

Sikhs (also large numbers of Muslims, esp Indians)[edit]

Except for Paterson, New Jersey, all communities in California.

In Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia is largest Sikh/South Asian community in North America.

South Africans (black and esp. white)[edit]

Other cultural communities[edit]

See also[edit]


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