People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Albanian, Tosk of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 126,270

ROP3 Code: 100222
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Albanian
Language: Tosk Albanian - (als)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Albania

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 25,000

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 10,874

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 9,281

  Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA - 4,701

  Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA - 4,641

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Brief Profile

Tosk people are Tosk-speaking population people from southern Albania. The Tosk language is one of two main dialects, the other being Gheg, spoken in Albania. Although mutually intelligible with one another, social-cultural norms derived from a long history of how the Tosk and Gheg view one another reinforce the Tosk's own distinct social identity. Tosk are often known to be friendly and talkative whereas Gheg are often known to be more stern and courageous. At the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century many Albanians migrated to North America with the majority being Tosks.

In the United States, the first migrations centered in the greater Boston area, with other significant concentrations in New York City; Jamestown and Rochester in New York State; Chicago, Illinois; and Detroit, Michigan.

Most Albanian Tosks are nominal Muslims, following only Islam because of their past family and ethnic heritage. Many have begun to marry outside their people group.

Prayer Points

  • Ask God to reveal the truth in Jesus Christ through dreams.
  • Pray for the Albanian, Tosk people to learn that they may know both the ultimate and intimate God through Jesus Christ.

Learning Resources

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Overview of Islam
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Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Online Talking Bible - Albanian
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Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesNew YorkNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY25,000
United StatesSterling HeightsDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI10,874
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON9,281
United StatesMaldenBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA4,701
United StatesRockledgePhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA4,641
United StatesAddisonChicago-Naperville-ElginIL3,469
United StatesWorcesterWorcesterMA2,416
United StatesCarrolltonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX2,200
United StatesClearwaterTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL2,146
United StatesLakewoodCleveland-ElyriaOH1,936
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL1,852
United StatesBallwinSt. LouisMO1,395
United StatesWethersfieldHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT1,177
United StatesColonieAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY1,031
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX600
United StatesAbileneAbileneTX300