Syrian Americans Earn 20% More Than Americans Overall

By Elizabeth Harrington | August 9, 2013 | 10:39am EDT

A copy of a 2010 Census form. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)

( – Syrian Americans have a median household income that is 20 percent higher than that of Americans overall, according to the latest Census Bureau snapshot.

Data from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey show that Syrian Americans have a median income of $62,637.

“The median household income for all households in the United States in 2010 dollars was $51,914, about $4,500 dollars lower than the median household income for Arab households ($56,433),” said the report issued in May 2013.

That means the median household income for Syrians is 20.7 percent higher than it is for the rest of the country.

Among Americans with Arab ancestry, Lebanese Americans have the highest median household income at $67,264, followed by Egyptian Americans at $62,812. Syrian Americans are in third place among Arab American populations.

In contrast, those who immigrated from Iraq, Yemen and Morocco have the lowest median household incomes.  Iraqi Americans have the lowest median income at $32,075, followed by Yemeni households ($34,667) and Moroccan ($44,521).

The Syrians and Lebanese also have a higher home ownership rate than the rest of Americans, 69.2 and 71.6 percent, respectively. The homeownership rate was 66.6 percent for the nation overall.

Syrians have a smaller household size with an average of 2.67.  The average for Lebanese was 2.66.  Yemeni households have the highest household size (4.34) of the Arab groups.

The Census Bureau considers anyone who reported being Algerian, Bahraini, Egyptian, Emirati, Iraqi, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Libyan, Moroccan, Omani, Palestinian, Qatari, Saudi Arabian, Syrian, Tunisian, and Yemeni to be of Arab ancestry.

An estimated 1.5 million people (0.5 percent of the total population) with Arab ancestry were living in the United States between 2006–2010 , representing a 76.0 percent increase since 1990.

Data presented the May 2013 report is based on people and households that responded to the American Community Survey from 2006-2010.

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