Iranian-American Community Survey Results

 

1. Biographical and Demographic Data
1. Gender
  Response Percent Response Total
    Male
62.4% 2401
    Female
37.6% 1448
Total Respondents   3849
(skipped this question)   31
2. Zip Code
 Total Respondents  
3849
(skipped this question)   31
3. Which on the following best describes your residency status in the U.S.?
  Response Percent Response Total
    U.S. citizen of Iranian ancestry, Foreign born
59.8% 2301
    U.S. citizen of Iranian ancestry, born in the U.S.
12.3% 472
    U.S. permanent resident of Iranian ancestry
12.1% 466
    Student of Iranian ancestry studying in the U.S.
8% 309
    Skilled Worker of Iranian ancestry working in the U.S.
3.9% 150
    Refugee or Asylee
1.3% 50
  Other (please specify)
2.6% 100
Total Respondents   3848
(skipped this question)   31
4. In which period did you move to the U.S.
  Response Percent Response Total
    I was born and raised here
10.2% 393
    1940-1959
2.4% 91
    1960-1969
4.1% 156
    1970-1979
32.6% 1253
    1980-1989
23.4% 899
    1990-1999
13.2% 509
    2000-Present
14.2% 548
Total Respondents   3849
(skipped this question)   31
2. Biographical and Demographic Information
5. Age
  Response Percent Response Total
    18-24
14.3% 528
    25-34
27% 995
    35-49
40.1% 1478
    50-64
16.9% 623
    65 and above
1.8% 65
Total Respondents   3689
(skipped this question)   191
6. Annual Household Income (If living with roommate, your annual income only)
  Response Percent Response Total
    Up to $24,999
13.3% 489
    $25,000-$49,999
12.8% 472
    $50,000-$74,999
13.6% 503
    $75,000-$99,999
14.8% 547
    $100,000-$199,999
30.3% 1119
    $200,000-$499,999
12% 443
    $500,000 and above
3.1% 115
Total Respondents   3688
(skipped this question)   192
7. Educational Background
  Response Percent Response Total
    Some High School
0.5% 18
    High School Diploma
7.6% 279
    Bachelorís Degree
33.2% 1223
    Masterís Degree
31.6% 1167
    M.D. and D.M.D, D.D.S Degree
7.9% 292
    Doctoral degree (Ph.D., J.D., etc.)
19.2% 709
Total Respondents   3688
(skipped this question)   192
8. What kind of Health insurance/health care are you using? (Check all that apply)
  Response Percent Response Total
  None
7.4% 271
  Through current employer
45.3% 1670
  Through Spouse
9.2% 339
  Self-pay
11.3% 416
  Medicare
2.5% 92
  Medicaid
0.7% 27
  HMO/PPO
27.4% 1009
  Other governmental/military subsidy
0.6% 22
  Other (please specify)
5.8% 212
Total Respondents   3685
(skipped this question)   195
9. Religous Affilliation
  Response Percent Response Total
  Muslim
49.5% 1824
  Christian
3% 112
  Jewish
3.4% 127
  Zorasthrian
2.7% 100
  BahaíI
3.2% 119
  Spiritual (no organized religious affiliation)
21% 773
  Agnostic
8.6% 317
  Atheist
9% 332
  Other (please specify)
4.5% 165
Total Respondents   3685
(skipped this question)   195
10. What is (are) your Iranian ethnic background(s)? (Check all that apply)
  Response Percent Response Total
  Persian
88.2% 3252
  Azari
11% 404
  Kurdish
4% 146
  Lor
2.3% 84
  Gilak
3.6% 133
  Arab
0.9% 35
  Baluchi
0.2% 9
  Armenian
0.9% 32
  Assyrian
0.6% 22
  Turkmen
1.3% 47
  Other (please specify)
2.7% 100
Total Respondents   3687
(skipped this question)   193
3. Family Status Information
11. What is your present marital status?
  Response Percent Response Total
    Married
53.8% 1969
    Living with partner
2.4% 87
    Divorced
7.2% 263
    Separated
1% 36
    Widowed
0.7% 25
    Single
33.9% 1239
  Other (please specify)
1.1% 40
Total Respondents   3659
(skipped this question)   221
12. Your current or former spouse/partner is:
  Response Percent Response Total
    Does not apply
29.2% 1067
    Iranian
44.3% 1619
    American of Iranian Ancestry
6.2% 227
    American
13.6% 498
  Other Nationalities (please specify)
6.8% 247
Total Respondents   3658
(skipped this question)   222
13. How many children do you have?
  Response Percent Response Total
    None
53.2% 1946
    1-2
39.3% 1438
    3-4
6.9% 253
    5 and above
0.6% 21
Total Respondents   3658
(skipped this question)   222
4. Family Status
14. If you are divorced/separated and have children, who has custody over your children?
  Response Percent Response Total
    Does not apply
87.1% 1484
    Me
5% 85
    My former spouse/partner
2.1% 35
    My parents
0.2% 4
    My former spouse/partnerí parents
0.2% 4
    Common Custody
4.1% 69
  Other (please specify)
1.3% 22
Total Respondents   1703
(skipped this question)   2177
15. When educating your children about Iran, which one of the following aspects do you emphasize(Check all that apply) ?
  Response Percent Response Total
  Does not apply
3.9% 66
  Persian language
75.4% 1284
  Ethnic language
7.8% 133
  My Ethnicity
19.4% 331
  Traditions and Festivities
75.6% 1287
  Religion
18.6% 317
  History
58.7% 999
  Music
54.2% 922
  Literature
37% 629
  Politics
28.4% 483
  Other (please specify)
2.5% 43
Total Respondents   1702
(skipped this question)   2178
16. How often have your children visited Iran?
  Response Percent Response Total
    1-2
33.4% 568
    3-5
15.4% 262
    6 or more
6.1% 103
    Never
45.2% 769
Total Respondents   1702
(skipped this question)   2178
5. Community Information
17. What language(s) do you speak at home?(Check all that apply)
  Response Percent Response Total
  English
66% 2334
  Persian
81.8% 2895
  My ethnic language
2.7% 97
  Other (please specify)
5.8% 205
Total Respondents   3537
(skipped this question)   343
18. When asked, you introduce yourself as
  Response Percent Response Total
    Iranian-American?
12.8% 452
    Persian-American?
4.9% 175
    Persian?
24.8% 877
    Iranian?
42.9% 1517
    American?
1.6% 55
    Depends on the situation
10.1% 357
  Other (please specify)
2.9% 104
Total Respondents   3537
(skipped this question)   343
19. On average, how often do you interact with others of Iranian Ancestry (outside of your core family)?
  Response Percent Response Total
    daily
35.5% 1257
    weekly
37.6% 1331
    monthly
14.7% 520
    rarely
11.4% 402
    never
0.8% 27
Total Respondents   3537
(skipped this question)   343
20. How often do you attend Iranian events such as Nowrooz, 13 bedar, Yalda night, Mehregan etc.?
  Response Percent Response Total
    Always
19.9% 702
    Often
26.5% 938
    Some times
29.6% 1046
    Rarely
18.1% 639
    Never
6% 211
Total Respondents   3536
(skipped this question)   344
21. How do the following aspects of Iranian culture appeal to you? (Scale from 1 to 5 with 1=Least appeal 5=most appeal)
1 2 3 4 5 Response Average
Movies
11% (405) 14% (494) 23% (802) 26% (920) 26% (916) 3.41
Popular music
17% (611) 17% (614) 24% (844) 21% (743) 21% (726) 3.10
Traditional music
11% (385) 13% (477) 22% (796) 24% (838) 29% (1044) 3.47
Festivities
7% (248) 10% (365) 24% (833) 28% (1009) 31% (1086) 3.66
Languages and literature
6% (209) 8% (295) 19% (684) 28% (987) 39% (1367) 3.85
Mysticism and/or Religion
35% (1233) 20% (711) 18% (649) 13% (468) 14% (481) 2.51
Sports, games
22% (774) 22% (772) 23% (828) 16% (573) 17% (597) 2.84
Cuisine
3% (91) 4% (127) 11% (398) 25% (880) 58% (2049) 4.32
Family values
5% (169) 5% (168) 14% (500) 24% (863) 52% (1846) 4.14
Traditions
6% (228) 9% (304) 21% (757) 26% (923) 38% (1335) 3.80
Humor
5% (164) 7% (264) 21% (737) 28% (994) 39% (1390) 3.90
Total Respondents   3537
(skipped this question)   343
22. What is your perception of the Iranian-American community in terms of the following (Scale from 1-5, with 1=do not like at all 5= like very much)?
1 2 3 4 5 Response Average
Support for each other
18% (641) 26% (920) 29% (1037) 14% (514) 12% (433) 2.77
Preservation of cultural values
6% (217) 17% (610) 37% (1306) 24% (866) 15% (549) 3.26
Social etiquette
8% (288) 17% (603) 33% (1186) 26% (939) 15% (533) 3.23
Economic contributions to the U.S.
4% (148) 8% (272) 23% (825) 35% (1236) 30% (1068) 3.79
Respect of other communities and cultures
12% (426) 18% (643) 30% (1073) 24% (839) 16% (571) 3.14
Business ethics
13% (468) 22% (789) 34% (1197) 20% (700) 11% (398) 2.94
Civic participation
18% (644) 31% (1093) 31% (1089) 13% (471) 7% (258) 2.61
Team work
29% (1032) 30% (1082) 22% (789) 10% (353) 8% (299) 2.38
Support for common community goals
22% (771) 30% (1051) 28% (1008) 12% (413) 9% (314) 2.56
Total Respondents   3537
(skipped this question)   343
6. Emotional Ties to Iran
23. Are any of your following relatives in Iran? (Check all that apply)
  Response Percent Response Total
  Parents
45.2% 1553
  Children
0.9% 32
  Siblings
36.7% 1262
  Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents
78.9% 2713
  Spouse/Fiance
1.3% 46
  None
5.3% 183
  Other (please specify)
7.8% 268
Total Respondents   3437
(skipped this question)   443
24. How often have you gone back to Iran in the past two decades?
  Response Percent Response Total
    Never
33.9% 1164
    Once
19.6% 672
    Between 2 to 3 times
21.7% 747
    4-5 times
11.5% 395
    More than 5 times
13.4% 459
Total Respondents   3437
(skipped this question)   443
25. Have you recently contributed to charities that do work in Iran, if so, in which of the following areas? (Check all that apply)
  Response Percent Response Total
  Does not apply
34.2% 1176
  Earthquake Relief
55% 1889
  Orphanages
24.6% 847
  Religious Charities
4.5% 155
  School Construction
8.7% 298
  Computer Education in Iran
3.5% 119
  Nursing homes (Kahrizak etc.)
6.5% 225
  Other (please specify)
8.9% 305
Total Respondents   3437
(skipped this question)   443
26. How frequently do you use the following media for information on Iran (Scale from 1-5 1=Never 5=Very Frequently)?
1 2 3 4 5 Response Average
U.S. media coverage of Iran (CNN, Fox, New York Times etc.)
8% (274) 13% (446) 20% (674) 24% (837) 35% (1206) 3.66
Iran-based media (State Television, State radio, online newspapers)
39% (1338) 23% (783) 17% (592) 11% (374) 10% (351) 2.31
Iranian Expatriate internet sites (Gooya, Payvand, Iranian.com, etc.)
26% (906) 17% (587) 16% (567) 15% (510) 25% (870) 2.96
Iranian Expatriate Satellite Television (Southern California)
63% (2157) 15% (517) 9% (326) 7% (227) 6% (214) 1.79
Iranian Expatriate radio stations
64% (2191) 16% (554) 9% (319) 6% (192) 5% (186) 1.73
News email lists from friends or organizations
24% (843) 20% (696) 21% (733) 19% (653) 15% (519) 2.80
Total Respondents   3437
(skipped this question)   443
27. Which factors are important to you in considering investment in Iran? (Scale from 1-5, with 1= least important 5=most important)
1 2 3 4 5 Response Average
Removal of sanctions by the U.S.
19% (668) 11% (383) 19% (670) 18% (630) 32% (1092) 3.32
Favorable political developments in Iran
6% (211) 3% (111) 11% (393) 19% (667) 60% (2062) 4.24
Favorable economic opportunities in Iran
8% (259) 5% (158) 15% (507) 26% (881) 48% (1640) 4.01
Improved asset and human security in Iran
5% (160) 3% (112) 9% (304) 17% (602) 66% (2271) 4.37
Total Respondents   3437
(skipped this question)   443
7. Assimilation in the U.S.
28. Have any of the following posed a challenge or difficulty for your adjustment and success in living in the U.S.? (Scale 1-5 1= Least difficult 5=most difficult)
1 2 3 4 5 None Response Average
Language barrier
37% (1221) 15% (508) 12% (387) 8% (261) 4% (139) 25% (824) 2.04
Cultural differences
25% (823) 23% (757) 19% (644) 13% (439) 6% (205) 14% (473) 2.46
Family values
24% (803) 20% (668) 18% (618) 13% (437) 9% (291) 16% (525) 2.55
Religious differences
42% (1405) 16% (548) 10% (335) 5% (176) 3% (114) 23% (765) 1.85
Political/Ideological differences
29% (957) 17% (566) 16% (529) 11% (356) 9% (305) 19% (630) 2.44
Total Respondents   3340
(skipped this question)   540
29. Have you ever felt discriminated against because of your Iranian ancestral background?
  Response Percent Response Total
    Always
1.6% 55
    Often
8.4% 281
    Sometimes
32.2% 1074
    Rarely
39.9% 1332
    Never
17.9% 598
Total Respondents   3340
(skipped this question)   540
30. Do you socialize with Americans outside of your work?
  Response Percent Response Total
    Always
28.1% 938
    Often
26.5% 885
    Sometimes
31.2% 1041
    Rarely
12.9% 431
    Never
1.3% 45
Total Respondents   3340
(skipped this question)   540
31. Looking at your circle of friends, which one of the following ethnicities other than Iranians and Americans do you socialize with? (Check all that apply)
  Response Percent Response Total
  Southeast Asians (e.g. Chinese, etc.)
35.7% 1193
  Indians/Pakistanis
37.2% 1244
  Arabs
22.9% 765
  Other Middle Eastern
38.7% 1294
  Western Europeans
50.7% 1694
  Eastern Europeans
27.3% 911
  Latin Americans
43.7% 1459
  African
19.3% 645
  None
15.1% 506
  Other (please specify)
5.2% 173
Total Respondents   3340
(skipped this question)   540
32. Do you feel comfortable practicing you religion in the U.S.?
  Response Percent Response Total
    Yes
26.6% 887
    No
5.6% 186
    I do not practice religion
67.9% 2267
Total Respondents   3340
(skipped this question)   540
33. How important are the following factors in your choice of where to live in the U.S.? (Scale from 1-5, with 1=Not at all important 5=Most important)
1 2 3 4 5 Response Average
Cost of living
19% (649) 17% (557) 29% (987) 21% (698) 14% (455) 2.93
Being close to Iranian community
24% (804) 21% (701) 24% (808) 20% (661) 11% (373) 2.73
Climate condition
8% (271) 10% (328) 25% (839) 29% (962) 28% (949) 3.59
Job opportunities
4% (118) 2% (71) 8% (278) 28% (928) 58% (1953) 4.35
Education
5% (164) 4% (119) 14% (462) 30% (995) 48% (1610) 4.12
Intellectual environment
3% (108) 4% (124) 13% (432) 30% (1004) 50% (1681) 4.20
Political tendencies of locale
16% (547) 14% (478) 25% (839) 24% (788) 21% (698) 3.18
Total Respondents   3340
(skipped this question)   540
34. Finally, in your opinion what keeps the Iranian-American community from coming together? (Scale from 1-5, with 1=least relevant 5=most relevant)
1 2 3 4 5 Response Average
Lack of perceived common threat
17% (564) 17% (567) 29% (986) 20% (670) 17% (560) 3.03
Lack of vision for a common future
5% (171) 6% (210) 17% (573) 29% (956) 43% (1439) 3.98
Apathy
7% (235) 11% (376) 33% (1099) 24% (802) 25% (839) 3.49
Lack of priority/time/commitment
5% (177) 8% (280) 24% (802) 32% (1081) 30% (1012) 3.74
Individualism: agenda, vision etc
3% (115) 6% (193) 17% (556) 26% (887) 48% (1604) 4.09
Total Respondents   3340
(skipped this question)   540