People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Croat of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 414,000

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

Photo courtesy of Joshua Project.
By Lea Maric

Majority Located Where

  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

  Cleveland-Elyria, OH - 12,600

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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.

Learning Resources

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Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
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Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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