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Old 08-06-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: SE PA via North jerz
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i've been to san diego's (i'm from sd) and have been to chicago's...a few years back we went to philly and the little italy area was VERY little! the italian store keepers told us it became run down when the hispanics moved in. you can definitely tell where little italy ends and the hispanic portion begins. some really great italian food there though, in philly!
The Italian market neighborhood has sizable numbers of mexicans and asians, but that's just one neighborhood in South Philly. The eastern half of South Philly easily still has one of the highest concentrations of Italians Americans.

Not only that, but Philadelphia is truely a city of ethnic concentrations, especially Blacks Ricans and Italians, everybody else even the Irish, usually live scattered among these 3 groups or in overall diverse neighborhoods. West Philly and the western 2/3rds of North Philly have high concentrations of Black Americans, North Philly east of Germantown Ave have the highest concentration of Puerto Ricans in the mainland US.
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Old 08-06-2016, 01:39 PM
 
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Out of the 868 metro and micro areas in the United States, these are the top 20 areas in terms of Italian percentage(2010-2014 census information):


New Castle PA: 30.3%


Torrington CT: 26%


New Haven CT: 25%


Kingston NY: 22.1%


Scranton-Wilkes Barre PA: 21.2%


Utica-Rome NY: 20.5%


Pittsfield MA: 20.3%


Ocean City NJ: 20.1%


Amsterdam NY: 19.6%


Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY: 19.4%


Atlantic City NJ: 19.2%


Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT: 19.2%


Pittsburgh PA: 18.8%


Hudson NY: 18.8%


Rochester NY: 18.7%


Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY: 18.6%


Syracuse NY: 18.6%


Gloversville NY: 18.6%


Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT: 18.5%


East Stroudsburg PA: 18.5%
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:43 PM
 
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There is also a famous "Little Italy" in the Bronx. The Belmont area near Fordham University. But like Manhattan's Little Italy it has mostly been reduced to a few Italian restaurants and businesses. I've heard that there are more Albanians than Italians in the neighborhood these days.
Arthur Avenue still is pretty active in terms of Italian merchants and feels a good bit more ethnically original than what one sees in other commercial areas of NYC or Philly in my opinion.
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:10 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Exactly. There are a ton of Italian Americans in South Philly. I live in Passyunk Square and there are still so many multi-generation family owned businesses. Come sit at the Singing Fountain and see groups of old Italian men sitting around shooting the s**t (especially in front of the hardware store). There is even a museum in EPX just to the south:

Filitalia International

Anyone saying there aren't many Italian Americans left is wrong.
I live there too and can still, on many occasions, hear old guys sitting out front of their houses and businesses along East Passyunk speaking in Italian. While it is much more diverse now (younger whites, Cambodian/Vietnamese, and Mexican), it still very much has an Italian flavor to it.
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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I live there too and can still, on many occasions, hear old guys sitting out front of their houses and businesses along East Passyunk speaking in Italian. While it is much more diverse now (younger whites, Cambodian/Vietnamese, and Mexican), it still very much has an Italian flavor to it.
Yes, it really does. It is such a great neighborhood.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Arch City
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St. Louis' Little Italy, also known as The Hill, ranks among the top Little Italys in the country. Every bit as comparable to the big 5 you mentioned OP. It almost always makes the top ten list.
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:49 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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For fun and interest.

Journalist discovers stories behind US cities and towns with Italian names | Fox News
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Old 08-08-2016, 01:15 PM
 
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St. Louis' Little Italy, also known as The Hill, ranks among the top Little Italys in the country. Every bit as comparable to the big 5 you mentioned OP. It almost always makes the top ten list.
Just one zip code in South Philly has more Italians than the entire city of St. Louis.

19145 in South Philly: 13,995
19145 Zip Code Population and Races - USA.comô

St. Louis city proper: 12,069
Saint Louis, MO Population and Races - USA.comô
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Old 08-08-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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St. Louis' Little Italy, also known as The Hill, ranks among the top Little Italys in the country. Every bit as comparable to the big 5 you mentioned OP. It almost always makes the top ten list.
Yankees great Yogi (it ain't over till it's over) Berra was from the Hill.
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Old 08-08-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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Just one zip code in South Philly has more Italians than the entire city of St. Louis.

19145 in South Philly: 13,995
19145 Zip Code Population and Races - USA.comô

St. Louis city proper: 12,069
Saint Louis, MO Population and Races - USA.comô
And that zip includes a huge area of land that has no population:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ph...!4d-75.1953934

Weighted population density likely sits around 20,000ppsm.
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