Italian American

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Proportion of Italian Americans on Staten Island in 2000
The Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, circa 1900

When Italian Americans in the are USA living people Italian called descent.

Most of the Italian immigrants came from the southern regions of the country, such as Apulia , Calabria , Campania and, above all, Sicily , a greater area for which the name Mezzogiorno stands today. About a quarter of the emigrants returned to Italy after a certain period of time.

The first large group of Italian immigrants (150 Italian Protestants) settled in New Amsterdam (now New York City ) as early as 1657 .

The majority of Italian immigrants came to the USA at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Between 1820 and 1978 a total of 5.3 million Italians immigrated. Their descendants now make up around 6% of the US population, at over 17 million, but fewer than 1 million Italian Americans speak Italian as their first language (0.3% of the total population as of 2009). In turn, only 28% of these native speakers have a command of English. Italian Americans thus form the third largest European immigrant group in the United States after the Germans and the Irish. The majority of Italians settled in the major cities of New England , New Jersey , New York , Pennsylvania , Illinois , Indiana , Louisiana, and California .

Well-known Italian Americans

Politician and Chief Justice

Actors and directors

Musicians and entertainers





See also


Web links

Commons : Italian American  - collection of pictures, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. ^ New York Times The World Almanac and book of facts 2009, page 596