Last night, NIAC held an informal meet and greet where members of the community were welcomed to come by to meet NIAC staff and ask questions and discuss any issues on their mind. Between the hours of 7-9 pm, Iranian-American Denver residents dropped in at their own convenience to say hello and talk politics.
During the meeting I was amazed to find out that there are approximately 4,000 to 10,000 Iranians in Colorado! The large difference in the numbers is mainly due to a lack of accurate data since the last census was taken. The 2000 U.S. Census places the overall Iranian number far lower than what is commonly predicted and Iranians are constantly growing in numbers. Hence, speculation often tends to range from the very low to the very high.
My amazement at the discovery of the numbers in Colorado came at the fact that we don’t know we exist! We all know about Tehrangeles and New York and some other key locations Iranian Americans have chosen to migrate to, but we’re not too sure about our own neighbors.
Regardless, I am impressed by the large numbers and the apparent vibrant community here. The individuals that we had an opportunity to meet with are well informed and very much aware of the political environment. All in all, our informal event was well received and well attended. Thanks to all of those who chose to take an hour or two of their evening to join us for an informal chit chat session!