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

Status of Christianity


No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 5

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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.

Resources

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Online Talking Bible - Spanish
Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT3,327
United StatesBridgeportBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT4,447
United StatesWaterburyNew Haven-MilfordCT3,549
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL9,767
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL1,294
United StatesMiamiMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL58,330
United StatesApopkaOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL17,717
United StatesNorth PortNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL723
United StatesChgoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL3,120
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN567
United StatesGretnaNew Orleans-MetairieLA1,465
United StatesWorcesterWorcesterMA4,327
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA56,605
United StatesBaltBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD2,362
United StatesKentwoodGrand Rapids-WyomingMI887
United StatesIndependenceKansas CityMO318
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC2,501
United StatesRaleighRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC1,440
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC224
United StatesRochesterRochesterNY1,573
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY1,048
United StatesNYNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY409,450
United StatesCinCincinnati-MiddletownOH531
United StatesTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON5,320
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA10,924
United StatesMcKeesportPittsburghPA522
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA6,792
United StatesMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC7,460
United StatesProvProvidence-WarwickRI21,450
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX300