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Iranian Americans are American citizens of Iranian ethnicity or heritage. The Western United States &mdashcommonly referred to as the American West or simply the West &mdashtraditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost The Northeast is a region of the United States. As defined by the U The Southern United States &mdashcommonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South &mdashconstitutes a large distinctive Phonology North American English regional phonology In many ways compared to English English, North American English is conservative in its Phonology. This article deals with the languages found in Iran. The Iranian languages article deals with the linguistic branch of the Indo-European languages For other meanings including people named 'Islam' see Islam (disambiguation. Christianity ( Greek Χριστιανισμός from the word Xριστός ( Christ)is a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings Judaism (from the Greek Ioudaïsmos, derived from the Hebrew יהודה Yehudah, " Judah " in Hebrew יַהֲדוּת Yahedut Zoroastrianism (ˌzɔroʊˈæstriəˌnɪzəm is the religion and philosophy based on the teachings The Bahá'í Faith is a Religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in nineteenth-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind The term Iranian citizens abroad refers to the Iranian people born in Iran but living outside of Iran and their children For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics. The Iranian people are a collection of Ethnic groups defined along linguistic lines as speaking Iranian languages. Foreign relations of Iran refers to inter-governmental connections between Iran and other countries Iranian-Australians including those who are expatriates in exile or permanent immigrants Iranian-Canadians are Canadians of Iranian national background or descent |||} Persian Jews or Iranian Jews are Jews historically associated with the Persian Empire or Iran. form Japan 's fifth-largest community of immigrants from a Muslim -majority nation Iranian Kuwaitis are part of the continuous and rapid rise in Iranian immigration to the Arabian Peninsula (ayam since the fall of the third Persian Empire The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Iran's population was declared 70049262 in the 2006 census with nearly one quarter of its people being 15 years of age or younger Many Iranians who are born in the United States identify with the status of Iranian-American. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the  Although Iranians have lived in the US in relatively small numbers since the 1930s, a large amount of Iranian-Americans are immigrants that have lived in the US since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression. The Iranian Revolution' (mostly known as the Islamic Revolution, Persian: انقلاب اسلامی Enghelābe Eslāmi was the Revolution that transformed Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) 
Iranian immigration to the United States has been continuous since the 1980s. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. Today, the United States contains the highest number of Iranians in the world outside Iran not including a large and influential Iranian Zohrastrian community in India. Iran's population was declared 70049262 in the 2006 census with nearly one quarter of its people being 15 years of age or younger For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iran topics. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country The Iranian-American community has produced a sizable number of individuals notable in many fields, including medicine, engineering, and business. Medicine is the art and science of healing It encompasses a range of Health care practices evolved to maintain and restore Human Health by the Engineering is the Discipline and Profession of applying technical and scientific Knowledge and A business (also called firm or an enterprise) is a legally recognized organizational entity designed to provide goods and/or services to The community expanded predominantly in the early 1980s in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and the fall of the former regime. The Iranian Revolution' (mostly known as the Islamic Revolution, Persian: انقلاب اسلامی Enghelābe Eslāmi was the Revolution that transformed The majority of Iranian refugees are upper-middle class and others are wealthy. They have comparatively liberal political opinions and westernized lifestyles due in part to American acculturation. The term Western world, the West or the Occident ( Latin: occidens -sunset -west as distinct from the Orient) can have multiple meanings The development of the culture of the United States of America — music, cinema, dance, architecture, literature, poetry Acculturation is the exchange of cultural features that results when groups come into continuous firsthand contact the original cultural patterns of either or both groups may be altered Iranian-Americans thus are secular or otherwise, tend to practice moderate, less traditional forms of Shi'ism (some were forced into asylum or exile for disagreements over religion with the Islamic Republic of Iran) as well as liberal Judaism. Right of asylum (or political asylum) is an ancient Judicial notion under which a person persecuted for political opinions or religious beliefs in his Exile means to be away from one's home (ie city state or country while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened by prison or death upon return Islamic Republic is the name given to several states in the Muslim world including the Islamic Republics of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mauritania Judaism (from the Greek Ioudaïsmos, derived from the Hebrew יהודה Yehudah, " Judah " in Hebrew יַהֲדוּת Yahedut
Many Iranian Americans are also members of the Azeri, Armenian, Kurdish, Assyrian or other ethnic groups, reflecting the diversity of Iran. The Azerbaijanis are an Ethnic group mainly in the Republic of Azerbaijan and northwestern Iran. The Armenians (Հայեր Hayer) are a Nation and Ethnic group originating in the Caucasus and in the Armenian Highlands A large The Assyrians are an Ethnic group whose origins lie in what is today Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria.
Large concentrations of Iranian Americans live in the state of California, most of them live in Southern California particularly around Los Angeles, Orange County, and La Jolla (San Diego). California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Southern California, or So Cal, is defined as the southern portion of the U Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Other Iranian-American communities in California include the Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley, Imperial Valley and the Coachella Valley. The Sacramento Valley is the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta in the U The San Joaquin Valley (ˌsæn wɑːˈkiːn refers to the area of the Central Valley of California that lies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta The Imperial Valley is a region of southeastern California ( USA) located in part between the Colorado River and the Salton Sea, which The Coachella Valley ( pronounced /koʊəˈtʃɛlə/ in English) is a large stretch of land in Southern California that is populated by close to a million For this reason, the L. A area with its Iranian American residents is sometimes referred to as "Tehrangeles" or "Irangeles" among Iranian Americans, in allusion to Iran and its capital, Tehran, which is also a sister city of Los Angeles. Tehrangeles is a Portmanteau deriving from the combination of Tehran, the capital of Iran, and Los Angeles. Tehran (or Teheran) ( Persian: تهران Tehrān) is the capital and largest City of Iran, and the administrative center of  According to Ethnologue, there are at least 900,000- 2. Ethnologue Languages of the World is a web and print publication of SIL International (formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics a Christian 5 million speakers of the Iranian dialects of the Persian language living in the US. 
There are also large concentrations in Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, Phoenix, Washington DC, and around Dallas and Houston, Texas, and a sizable Iranian American community developed in Oklahoma since the 1970s and 1980's (mostly in the cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City). Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally The City of New York Phoenix (ˈfiːˌnɪks O'odham Skikik, Yavapai Wasinka, Western Apache Fiinigis, Navajo Hoozdo, Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. Oklahoma ( is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the US state of Oklahoma. An NPR report recently put the Iranian population of Beverly Hills as high as 20% of the total population. Beverly Hills elected its first Iranian-born Mayor, Jamshid Delshad, in 2007. A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning "greater" is a modern title used in many countries for the highest ranking officer in a municipal government Jamshid "Jimmy" Delshad (جیمی دلشاد is an Iranian-American Politician in the state of California. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  Iranian communities in the US also have varying religious populations among each city.
Iranian-Americans are among the most educated and successful communities in the U. S. , according to a report by Iranian Studies group at MIT. Iranian-Americans have founded and/or participated in senior leadership positions of many major US companies, including many Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Intel, Verizon, Motorola, Google, and AT&T. "Verizon" redirects here this article is about the corporation see also Verizon Wireless, Verizon Online DSL and Verizon FiOS. Motorola Inc ( is an American, multinational Fortune 100, Telecommunications company based in Schaumburg Illinois. Before proposing a merge request please see Talk and see if the merger you propose has recently been made and The founder/CEO of Ebay (Pierre Omidyar) is a Persian, as well as the founder of Bratz (Isaac Larian). A chief executive officer ( CEO) or chief executive is typically the highest-ranking corporate officer ( executive) or administrator eBay Inc is an American Internet company that manages eBaycom an Online auction and shopping Website in which people and businesses buy and Bratz is a popular children's Doll franchise produced by MGA Entertainment. In September of 2006, Anousheh Ansari, co-founder of the Ansari X Prize became the first female tourist in space. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Anousheh Ansari (انوشه انصاری born 12 September 1966) is the Iranian-American co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc and The Ansari X PRIZE was a Space competition in which the X PRIZE Foundation offered a US$ 10000000 Prize for the first non-government Ansari is also the co-founder and former CEO of Prodea Systems Inc. Prodea Systems is a consumer technology company headquartered in Plano, Texas, United States. and Telecom Technologies, Inc. In July 18th 2007 Farhad Rostampour became the first Iranian-born pilot to complete a record setting flight around the world. Farhad Rostampour is an Iranian-American pilot On July 18, 2007 Farhad Rostampour a US-based pilot completed a record setting flight around the world in his single His flight was known as FreedomFlight. Farhad Rostampour, an Iranian-American pilot attempted to fly a single engine aircraft around the world Goli Ameri was recently confirmed as U. Goli Ameri (in Persian: گلی عامری née Goli Yazdi born September 26, 1956) is an Iranian-American politician diplomat and S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, making her the highest-ranking Iranian-American public official in the United States.
Many Iranian Americans are active philanthropists and leaders in improving their community. In 2006, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center was the recipient of a 10 million dollar donation from an Iranian American couple based in Houston, Texas. The University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center is one of the nation's original three comprehensive Cancer centers established by the National Cancer Act of 1971 
The University of Southern California was also the recipient of a 17 million dollar gift from an Iranian-American, as was San Francisco State University which also received a 10 million dollar gift from an Iranian-American couple. The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly San Francisco State University (informally referred to as San Francisco State, SF State, State and SFSU) is a public University , and Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital ($4 million), Portland State University ($8 million), and UC Irvine ($30 million), among others. Portland State University (PSU is a public state Urban university located in downtown Portland Oregon, United States. The University of California Irvine is a public Coeducational Research university situated in Irvine, California.
Well-known Americans of Iranian descent include Christiane Amanpour, Bijan Pakzad, Firouz Naderi, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ali Javan, Sina Tamaddon, Omid Kordestani, Rudi Bakhtiar, and Catherine Bell. Christiane Amanpour, CBE, (born January 12, 1958) ( کریستین امانپور is the chief international correspondent for CNN. Bijan Pakzad ( Persian: ببژان پکزاد (generally known simply as Bijan) (born 1944 is a well-known Iranian-American designer of Firouz Naderi (Born in Shiraz) is an Iranian-American scientist and the Associate Director of NASA 's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL responsible Shohreh Aghdashloo ( Persian: شهره آغداشلو, born 11 May 1952) is an Academy Award -nominated Iranian-American Ali Javan ( Persian: علی جوان, born December 26, 1926 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian inventor and Physicist Sina Tamaddon is the Senior Vice President of Applications for Apple Computer. Omid Kordestani ( is the Senior Vice President for Worldwide Sales and Field Operations of Google. Rudi Bakhtiar (born Rudabeh Bakhtiar,, on June 21, 1966 in Fresno California) is an Iranian-American journalist who has over a decade's Catherine Lisa Bell (born August 14, 1968) is an actress known for her role of Lt A notable Iranian-American who works in sport is WWE wrestler Shawn Daivari. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc ( WWE) is a publicly traded privately controlled integrated media (focusing in Television, Internet, Shawn Daivari Career Daivari grew up admiring Mick Foley and Bret Hart. In film there are several Iranian American actors and film crew, including the Academy-Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, producer Bob Yari, and Farhad Safinia, co-writer of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto,Daryush Shokof (cult) Artist-writer-Filmmaker (Seven Servants with Anthony Quinn )