Croat of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 432,730

ROP3 Code: 102315
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Southern
Language: Croatian - (hrv)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Croatia

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Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 35,115

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 30,000

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 21,000

  Pittsburgh, PA - 18,200

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 13,000

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Brief Profile

Croat are closely related to other European people groups, especially Slavic peoples. Pittsburgh is the seat of Croatian Fraternal Union, the oldest and largest fraternal benefit society of the Croat diaspora.

The Croatian Diaspora in North America is one of the largest in the world. It is estimated that over 1.2 million Croat and their descendants live in North America. Croat immigration started at the beginning of the 19th century.

North America is home to many Croat institutions and associations, as well as many heritage and sport societies. Moreover, there are numerous music and dance folklore groups.

Croat are predominantly of Roman Catholic faith. Culturally, they are known for the special way in which they celebrate Easter. Pogaca is an Easter bread that is braided and decorated with painted eggs. Food is blessed in the Roman Catholic church and then sometimes broken egg shells are scattered throughout the household.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Croatian may hear and receive a message of grace from Christ that is free from doing deeds and works.
  • Pray for God to break down religious barriers and social walls that prevent Croat from understanding the message of free grace as found in the free gift of Jesus Christ.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON35,115
United StatesAstoriaNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY30,000
United StatesSkokieChicago-Naperville-ElginIL21,000
United StatesPittsPittsburghPA18,200
United StatesRancho Palos VerdesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA13,000
United StatesEastlakeCleveland-ElyriaOH12,600
United StatesHighland VillageDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX2,900
United StatesSeabrookHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX1,200
United StatesWest AllisMilwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisWI802
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH750
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX650
United StatesKansas CityKansas CityKS323
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY75