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A store selling bangles and Pakistani and Indian clothing in Jackson Heights, a predominantly South Asian neighborhood in Queens, New York.

A store selling bangles and Pakistani and Indian clothing in Jackson Heights, a predominantly South Asian neighborhood in Queens, New York.

Population 19,113 people living in New York City were born in Pakistan.
Source: 2006 American Community Survey
Neighborhoods Midwood (also known as “Little Pakistan”, especially along Coney Island Avenue), Brooklyn
Source: 2000 United States Census
Religion(s) 95% of Pakistanis are Muslim (Sunni 75% and Shia 20%) , while the rest include Christians and Hindus. Source: C.I.A. Fact Book
Language(s) MISSING
History
The vast majority of Pakistani immigrants in the city came to the US in the last 20 years. 63% (~16,841) immigrated from 1990 to March 2000; 30% (~7,974) came to the country from 1980 to 1989 and 7% (~1,792) arrived before 1980. Source: Asian American Federation of New York Census Information Center “The largest numbers of Pakistani Americans have migrated to the United States since 1965, when the U.S. government lifted previously existing immigration restrictions and repealed quotas. Numbers of Pakistani immigrants swelled after 1970, with thousands of Pakistanis entering the United States each year since that time. Like their Asian Indian counterparts, they tended to be urban, well-educated, and professional. Many of them had come from cities like Karachi and Lahore, and were familiar with Western culture and ways of living. However, the dependents and relatives that they have since sponsored for permanent residence in and citizenship to the United States in the years after 1965 have tended to be characterized by lower levels of education,” according to Tinaz Pavri, Associate professor and Chair of the department of Political Science at Spelman College.

Population Facts:

  • More than a third (34%) of Pakistani-American children and more than a fourth (28%) of all Pakistanis in NYC lived in poverty, compared to 14.8% and 14.8% for other total foreign born Immigrants. Source: 2000 United States Census

Fun Facts:

  • New York is home to the largest concentration of Pakistanis in the Unites States. 48 percent of the Pakistani Americans live in New York.
  • On Aug 2 of every year, Pakistani Americans in New York take part in a large Pakistani Independence Day parade to celebrate their homecountry’s independence, with Pakistani ethnic food, as well as song and dance performances.
  • If you ever visit Brooklyn’s very own “Little Pakistan”, grab a bite to eat at Madina Restaurant and Sweets at 563 Coney Island Avenue. Be forewarned though- spicy spicy spicy!