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Old 01-19-2010, 07:25 PM
 
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Italian or Italian-American?
It just said Italian.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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I read somewhere that Atlanta has one of the fastest growing Italian communities in the South.
well that is not saying much. what other city in the south would have a higher growth rate? most italians live in the north (mw and NE), and id guess atlanta has the highest growth rate in the south of other prominent northern groups like jewish-americans, polish-americans, and maybe even northerners as a whole. as an italian-american as well as a native atlantan, i have not noticed a higher proportion of italian-americans relative to the general population, as there has never been very many. itd be interesting if its growing faster than other groups though. where did you see/hear that?
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:56 PM
 
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Most Italian Americans don't speak Italian. If they were taught a language by an earlier generation of immigrants it is a dialect like Sicilian or Neapolitan. They would barely be able to communicate with a modern Italian who speaks the official language. I'm sure whom he's looking for are more recent arrivals who speak the official language.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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well that is not saying much. what other city in the south would have a higher growth rate? most italians live in the north (mw and NE), and id guess atlanta has the highest growth rate in the south of other prominent northern groups like jewish-americans, polish-americans, and maybe even northerners as a whole. as an italian-american as well as a native atlantan, i have not noticed a higher proportion of italian-americans relative to the general population, as there has never been very many. itd be interesting if its growing faster than other groups though. where did you see/hear that?
Here:
List of Italian American neighborhoods - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And according to the Census, nearly 2.0% of Atlanta is of Italian descent as of 2008.

Atlanta city, Georgia - Selected Social Characteristics in the United States: 2006-2008
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:15 PM
 
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well that is not saying much. what other city in the south would have a higher growth rate? most italians live in the north (mw and NE), and id guess atlanta has the highest growth rate in the south of other prominent northern groups like jewish-americans, polish-americans, and maybe even northerners as a whole. as an italian-american as well as a native atlantan, i have not noticed a higher proportion of italian-americans relative to the general population, as there has never been very many. itd be interesting if its growing faster than other groups though. where did you see/hear that?

Probably talking about Italians, not Italian-Americans.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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Probably talking about Italians, not Italian-Americans.
No, I think it was talking about Italian-Americans, which are the 4th largest European ethnic group in America. Italian-American usually refers to people of Italian descent who were born in America, like me. "Italian" can also refer to that, too. Italian-American usually is not used to refer to people who have less than half Italian ancestry, or people that are actually from Italy. I don't think any city nowadays has a signifigant growing population of actual Italian nationals (people from Italy) as immigration out of Italy to anywhere is very low.

Atlanta does have a large Italian-American population compared to other southern cities, but compared to Northern and Midwestern cities it is still quite low. Interesting to hear that it is growing, though. I wonder if all the WASPs down here are getting more used to people with a lot more vowels in their last name.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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Another Sicliano/Americano living near Athens. Looking for a good dish of linguini and clam sauce.
Last one I had was Pittsburgh
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