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) are Americans whose ancestry originates from Pakistan or Pakistanis who migrated to and reside in the United States. Educational attainment level and household income are much higher in the Pakistani-American diaspora in comparison to the general U. The passage of the Luce-Celler Act of 1946 allowed these immigrants to acquire U. Pakistani Americans are classified as Asian Americans by the United States Census Bureau.
The term may also refer to people who hold dual Pakistani and U. Geographically, they are South Asian American and are widely related to various ethnic groups including Indian Americans.
Although Pakistani Americans retain a strong ethnic identity, they are known to assimilate into American culture while at the same time keeping the culture of their ancestors.
Pakistani Americans are known to assimilate more easily than many other immigrant groups because they have fewer language barriers (English is the official language of Pakistan and widely spoken in the country among professional classes), more educational credentials (immigrants are disproportionately well educated among Pakistanis), and come from a similarly diverse, relatively tolerant, and multi-ethnic society.
As of 2006, this number had increased to 200,000 people of Pakistani descent said to be living in New York City. While New York City has celebrated North America's largest Pakistan Day parade for decades, New Jersey's first Pakistan Day Parade was held on August 16, 2015, in Edison and Woodbridge, New Jersey.