People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Colombian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,014,580

ROP3 Code: 116025
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Hispanic
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Colombia

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Majority Located Where

  Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL - 153,997

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 93,449

  Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL - 29,151

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 21,285

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 20,622

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Brief Profile

Colombians are from a multiethnic Spanish speaking nation in South America called Colombia. Colombians are a mixture of Europeans, a variety of Amerindians indigenous peoples, Africans and Middle Easterners. Nearly half of Columbians are mestizo, or of mixed European and the earliest Amerindian ancestry, while more than a third are white of full European ancestry. Others are full black African or mulatto (of mixed black African and European ancestry), or of Amerindian indigenous ancestry.

While most Columbians speak Spanish, there are 80 living indigenous languages spoken by Colombians. While most early Colombian immigrants to the United States were white or mestizo, Colombians immigrating to the United States are becoming more ethnically diverse, representing the ethnic diversity of the Colombian population.

Economic problems and violence due to guerrilla warfare in Columbia have led to the immigration of Colombians to the United States, particularly in South Florida, Central Florida, New Jersey, Queens County in New York City, Philadelphia, the Washington DC metro area, eastern Long Island, and an expanding community in the Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta areas. While Columbians initially settled in urban areas, they are increasingly migrating to suburban areas in states like New Jersey and Connecticut, as their socioeconomic status improves.

Musical styles that are enjoyed by Colombian Americans include vallenato, salsa and cumbia. The majority of Colombians are marginal Roman Catholics. Colombian food is varied due to the several distinct regions of Colombia. Popular dishes include bandeja paisa, sancocho (chicken or fish soup with plantain), empanadas (meat-filled turnovers), pandebono and pan de queso (types of cheese-bread), and arepas (corncake similar to a tortilla). The main pastime of Colombians in the United States is soccer, and most Colombian Americans raised in the United States continue to follow soccer. Another popular pastime, especially among the older generation, is parqués, a Colombian board game which is very similar to Parcheesi.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the gospel to continue to spread in the Colombian community.
  • Pray for God to raise up Christian leaders from within the Colombian community to work in the harvest.
  • Pray for Christians in the Columbian community to start new churches and ministries.
  • Pray for Columbian Christians to catch a vision for reaching out cross-culturally to the poorly reached indigenous groups both in and from their home country.

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Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesMiramarMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL153,997
United StatesJackson HeightsNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY93,449
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL29,151
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON21,285
United StatesBurbankLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA20,622
United StatesCypressHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX20,500
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL16,550
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA15,193
United StatesChgoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL12,973
United StatesBridgeportBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT6,919
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA5,285
United StatesCentral FallsProvidence-WarwickRI4,976
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC4,760
United StatesRancho CucamongaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA4,250
United StatesSurprisePhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ3,885
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT3,549
United StatesBellevueSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA2,598
United StatesEl CajonSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA2,513
United StatesMinneapolisMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN2,458
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX2,400
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX2,400
United StatesSarasotaNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL2,256
United StatesLas VegasLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV2,037
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA1,950
United StatesWest HavenNew Haven-MilfordCT1,908
United StatesHamptonVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA1,828
United StatesMorrisvilleRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC1,484
United StatesWheat RidgeDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO1,484
United StatesCupertinoSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA1,478
United StatesWorcesterWorcesterMA1,420