Red figures indicate Unengaged UPGs; Blue figures are multiple UUPGs
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States with a population of 3.9 million residents. But Los Angeles is also a sprawling metropolis with 13 million inhabitants in the Greater Los Angeles area. Los Angeles is home to immigrants from more than 140 countries speaking 224 different languages. Unreached people groups are located throughout Greater Los Angeles, and concentrated in colorful ethnic communities such as Chinatown (with 10,000 residents, 55% of whom were born outside the US), Little Ethiopia, Tehrangeles, Little Tokyo, Little Bangladesh, Little Arabia and Thai Town. Los Angeles also has the second largest Jewish population in the United States with 621,000 Jewish citizens, 5,000 of them from the ancient Yemeni Jewish population.
Little Arabia is an ethnic enclave in Orange County the center for Orange County’s Arab-Americans, who number more than 24,000. It is sometimes referred to as “Little Gaza” which was a play on the original designation of this area as the “Garza Island.” Little Arabia grew significantly in the 1990s with the arrival of immigrants from the Middle East, and is the home to thousands of Arab-Americans predominantly hailing from Egypt, Syria and Palestine. The district is centered on Brookhurst Street in Anaheim, near the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) between La Palma Avenue and Katella Avenue.The Arab population of Greater Los Angeles includes 62,000 Egyptian Arabs (mostly Muslims); 6,400 Gulf and Saudi Arabs; 6,500 Iraqi Arabs; 4,900 Jordanian Arabs (mostly Muslims); 28,000 Lebanese Arabs (mostly Muslims); 4,700 Moroccan Arab Muslims; and 1,400 Syrian Arabs (mostly Muslims).
Little Ethiopia is a block-long stretch of Fairfax Avenue in the Mid-Wilshire District of Central Los Angeles, California, part of the P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council, northeast of the Crestview neighborhood, northwest of the Picfair Village district, east of the Carthay Square district and west of Wilshire Vista district. The area has a high concentration of Ethiopian businesses and restaurants, as well as a significant concentration of residents of Ethiopian and Eritrean ancestry with a mixture of Orthodox Christian and Muslim religious adherents.
Japanese Buddhists: With immigrant populations from across East and Southeast Asia, Los Angeles has the greatest variety of Buddhists in the world. California is also home to more than a quarter-million ethnic Japanese. The great majority of California’s Japanese population is found in Southern California. Centers of Japanese Americans are found in Little Tokyo in the LA’s downtown, with another significant community of Japanese Americans located in the Sawtelle district of West Los Angeles. Japanese comprise 0.9% or 35,000 citizens in L.A. The Los Angeles suburb of Torrance has the second largest concentration of Japanese in America, after Honolulu.
Tehrangeles: With 700-800,000 Iranian residents in the Greater Los Angeles area, LA boasts the largest Iranian concentration outside of Iran. Persian businesses in the L.A. area originally centered in the Westwood neighborhood of the Westside. Iranian-owned businesses are particularly prevalent on Westwood Boulevard between Wilshire Boulevard (in Westwood) to Pico Boulevard (in West L.A.). Often referred to as Little Persia or Persian Hills/Persian Square, it is between Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles. Immigration to the area increased several-fold due to the events surrounding the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Westwood Boulevard became known for its many Persian shops and restaurants; and the Persian expatriate community of Los Angeles entered all forms of media including magazines, newspapers, radio, and television stations. A further 101,000 mostly Muslim Persians live in and around Greater Los Angeles.
Thai Town is a six-block area in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is the only designated “Thai Town” in the United States. The area flanking Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie Avenue and Western Avenue is the center of 80,000 Thai immigrants in Southern California. Most of these Thai immigrants are Buddhist from the Hinayana or Theravada sect of Buddhism.
South Asians: Greater Los Angeles is home to 19,000 Gujarati Hindus, and 12,800 Dari-speaking Afghan Muslims. “Little Bangladesh” is a ten-block area around Third Street and Alexandria Avenue in Central Los Angeles. It received official designation as “Little Bangladesh” by the City of Los Angeles in 2010, and serves as a commercial center for immigrants from Bangladesh. The area includes restaurants, shops and art galleries but also has a residential neighborhood with a low-income and mid to aging population of about 30,000 residents. Many immigrants from Bangladesh to the US have chosen this particular neighborhood to renew their lives since the early 70’s to the present day.
Southeast Asians – With 50-60,000 Cambodians living in the Long Beach area, this is the largest Cambodian city outside of Cambodia. There are also 50,000 Vietnamese (most of whom are Buddhists) centered in Garden Grove in Orange County.