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List of Armenian ethnic enclaves

This is a list of Armenian ethnic enclaves, containing cities, districts, and neighborhoods with predominantly Armenian population, or are associated with Armenian culture, either currently or historically.[1]


  • Extant enclaves 1
    • Europe 1.1
    • Middle East 1.2
    • Post-Soviet states 1.3
      •  Russia 1.3.1
    •  United States 1.4
  • Extinct enclaves 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4

Extant enclaves

San Lazzaro degli Armeni, located in the Venetian Lagoon, is home to an Armenian Catholic monastery.
Note: Most numbers are estimates by Armenian (and non-Armenian) organizations and media, because many countries simply do not collect data on ethnicity.


Name Type Location Total Armenians % Ref
Alfortville[3] commune Paris, France 36,000 6,000 17% [4]
Issy-les-Moulineaux[5] commune Paris, France 63,000 5,000 8% [6]
San Lazzaro degli Armeni[7] island Venice, Italy 35 ~100% [8]

Middle East

Name Type Location Total Armenians % Ref
Anjar[9] town Zahlé, Lebanon 2,400–4,000 ~100% [10][11]
Armenian Quarter quarter Old City, Jerusalem, Israel[2] 2,424 500–1,000 21–41% [12][13][14]
Bourj Hammoud[15] city Beirut, Lebanon 150,000 110,000 73% [16][17]
Kessab[3] village/town Latakia, Syria 2,000–2,200 ~100% [19][20]
Midan (Nor Kyough)[21][22] neighborhood Aleppo, Syria N/A N/A N/A
New Julfa[23] quarter Isfahan, Iran 10,000–12,000 N/A [24]
Vakıflı village Hatay, Turkey 135 ~100% [25]

Post-Soviet states

 Abkhazia (de facto)[4]

As of 2004, there were "around 50-60 Armenian villages" in Abkhazia.[26] According to the 2011 Abkhazian census, Armenians formed the majority of the population of the Sukhumi District (6,467 Armenians, 56.1% of the total 11,531), and plurality in Gulripshi district (8,430 Armenians or 46.8% of 18,032) and Gagra District (15,422 Armenians or 38.3% of 40,217).[27]

Name Type Location Armenians % Total Ref
Avlabari (Havlabar)[28][29] neighborhood Tbilisi, Georgia


Name Type Location Total Armenians % Ref
Adlersky City District raion Sochi, Krasnodar Krai 138,572 44,000–80,000 32%–58% [30][31][32]
Aykavan[33] village Crimea[5] 160 ~100% [34]
Edissiya[35] village Stavropol Krai 5,657 5,377 92.7% [36]
Gaikodzor village Anapsky District, Krasnodar Krai
Karabagly village Dagestan 723 ~400 56% [37][38]
Myasnikovsky District raion Rostov Oblast 39,631 22,108 56% [39]
Tuapsinsky District raion Krasnodar Krai 62,400 13,700 22% [40]

 United States

Name Type Location Total Armenians % Ref
Glendale[41] city Los Angeles, California 190,000 54,000–100,000 28%–53% [42]
Little Armenia[43] neighborhood Los Angeles, California 21,600 N/A [44]
Watertown[45][46] city Boston, Massachusetts 33,000 2,700–8,000 8%–25% [47][48]

Extinct enclaves

Name (current & former) Type Current location Period % Armenian (date) Ref
Armanitola neighborhood Dhaka, Bangladesh 18th century [49]
Armenikend quarter Nasimi raion, Baku, Azerbaijan 19th-20th centuries N/A
Gherla (Armenopolis) city Cluj County, Romania 17th century [50]
Kumkapı[51][52] quarter Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey N/A
Feodosia (Kaffa) city Crimea (de facto) 15th century +65% [53]
Nakhichevan-on-Don neighborhood Rostov-on-Don, Russia 1778–1928 30% (1897) [54]
Old Armenian Town neighborhood Fresno, California, United States


  1. ^ This article only lists ethnic enclaves in the Armenian diaspora. Many sources describe Nagorno-Karabakh as an Armenian ethnic enclave,[1][2] which it was during most of its existence as the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (1923–91), when it did not border Soviet Armenia. Since the end of the 1988–94 war, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) has been largely integrated with the Republic of Armenia and the two today de facto function as a single entity. However, the NKR remains internationally unrecognized and is regarded by all UN members as de jure part of Azerbaijan.
  2. ^ The status of Jerusalem is disputed between Israel and the State of Palestine, but the Old City is de facto administered by Israel.
  3. ^ The Armenian population of Kessab was forced out in March 2014, during the Syrian Civil War.[18]
  4. ^ Abkhazia is de jure recognized as part of Georgia by most countries, however, it is de facto independent.
  5. ^ The Crimean Peninsula is disputed between Russia and Ukraine and is de facto part of Russia, but remains (for the most part) internationally recognized as de jure part of Ukraine. For more, see Political status of Crimea.


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