People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Dominican of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 812,715

ROP3 Code: 102692
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Afro-American, Hispanic
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Other / Marginal
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 409,450

  Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL - 58,330

  Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA - 56,605

  Providence-Warwick, RI - 21,450

  Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL - 17,717

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Brief Profile

Dominicans are immigrants originally from the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola.

Communities established by the first wave of immigrants to North America in the 1960s created a network that assisted subsequent arrivals. In the early 1980s, unemployment, inflation, and the rise in value of the dollar all contributed to a large wave of emigration from the island nation, this time mostly from the lower-class.

Today, emigration from the Dominican Republic remains high, facilitated by the social networks of now-established Dominican communities in North America. Dominican Americans are now among the top ten largest Hispanic or Latino American groups in North America.

A significant number of Dominicans are young, first-generation immigrants without a higher education, since many came from the country's rural areas.

Second-generation Dominicans tend to be more educated than their first generation counterparts, a condition reflected in their higher incomes and employment in professional or skilled occupations and more pursuing undergraduate education and graduate degrees. Over one fifth of all second-generation Dominicans have college degrees, slightly below the average for all Americans at one fourth. In New York City, Dominican entrepreneurs have carved out roles in several industries, especially the bodega and supermarket and taxi industries.

The largest concentration of Dominicans live in New York City. The borough of Manhattan (New York County) is home to the largest Dominican ancestral group, and its Washington Heights neighborhood has long been considered the center of the Dominican community. Rhode Island is the only state where Dominicans are the largest Hispanic group.

Dominicans are known for their vibrant culture, including Merengue music, their cuisine which is a combination of Spanish and African influences, and their passion for baseball. Their primary language is Dominican Spanish. The primary religion practiced by the Dominicans is cultural Roman Catholicism.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Dominican Christians to live lives that are above reproach and to be bold in their testimonies.
  • Pray for Dominican Churches to grow and thrive in North America.
  • Pray for Dominican believers and Churches to catch a vision for reaching not only their people, but also the least reached people around them.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
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Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

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

Online Talking Bible - Spanish
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

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

Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish

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United StatesIndependenceKansas CityMO318
United StatesRaleighRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC1,440
United StatesWeslacoMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX250
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX300
United StatesGarlandDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX5,000
United StatesPlanoDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100
United StatesFriscoDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100
United StatesGrand PrairieDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN567
United StatesMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC7,460
United StatesTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON5,320
United StatesMcKeesportPittsburghPA522
United StatesGretnaNew Orleans-MetairieLA1,465
United StatesBridgeportBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT4,447
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA6,792
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC224
United StatesMidlandMidland-OdessaTX499
United StatesNYNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY409,450
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA10,924
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT3,327
United StatesWorcesterWorcesterMA4,327
United StatesNorth PortNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL723
United StatesVirginia BeachVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA1,016
United StatesMiamiMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL58,330
United StatesBaltBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD2,362
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA56,605
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX750
United StatesProvProvidence-WarwickRI21,450
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY1,048

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