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Coptic Americans ( ''niremenkāmi enamerika'') are American citizens of Coptic descent or persons of Coptic descent residing in the
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( ''niretōw ettomi enté amerika''). As of 2018, there were some 500,000 Copts living in the United States.


Immigration history

The immigration of the Copts to the
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started as early as the late 1940s. After 1952, the rate of Coptic immigration from
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to the United States increased. The first Coptic church in the United States is St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, which was established in the late 1960s in
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Jersey City
( ''dibaki jersi''). As of 2013, researchers estimated that there were about 350,000 Copts who settled in the United States before the Egyptian revolution of 2011, with up to 100,000 additional Copts who settled in the U.S. after the revolution, fleeing instability and violence in Egypt. Many came to the U.S. on grants of asylum. The new post-2011 migrants to the United States included both educated middle-class Copts and poorer, more rural Copts. As of 2018, it was estimated that a half-million Copts lived in the United States.Shira Telushkin
The Americanization of an Ancient Faith
''The Atlantic'' (March 28, 2018).
The historic centers of Coptic American life have been in New York (state), New York, New Jersey, and Southern California. In the 1990s, there were more than 50 Coptic congregations in the United States; by 2018, there were more than 250 Coptic congregations in the United States.


Notable people

This is a list of notable Coptic Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants. * Nader Anise, founder of Coptic American Chamber of Commerce (Coptic Chamber) and attorney * Halim El-Dabh * Fadi Chehade * Gamal Helal * Raymond Ibrahim * Magdi Khalil * Marty Makary * Rami Malek * Emil Michael, business, former vice president of Uber * Michael Mina, award-winning chef and restaurateur * Dina Powell * Morris Sadek * Fayez Sarofim * Matthew Shenoda, poet, writer, and professor * Bassem Youssef (FBI agent) * Nabih Youssef


See also

* Coptic diaspora * Copts * Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States, Coptic Orthodoxy in the US * List of Coptic Orthodox Churches in the United States ** St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Jersey City, New Jersey) ** St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church (Woodbury, New York) * North Africans in the United States * Coptic Canadians * Coptic Australians * Copts in Sudan * Copts in Libya


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{{African immigration to the United States American people of Coptic descent, Ethnic groups in the United States, Coptic Americans Coptic diaspora in North America, Coptic American, North Africans in the United States Middle Eastern American