People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Ecuadoran of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 364,115

ROP3 Code: 102869
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Other Hispanic American
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Ecuador

Photo courtesy of Joshua Project.
By Rob Doar

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 170,480

  Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL - 29,264

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 17,648

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 15,892

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 14,560

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Brief Profile

Ecuadorians are immigrants from the South American nation of Ecuador. While the majority are ethnically Mestizo, they may also be White, Afro-Ecuadorian, Indigenous, Mulato, or Zambo.

Until the 1960s, very few Ecuadorians migrated to North America. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, several waves of migration started. Ecuadorian immigration peaked during the political and economic turmoil in Ecuador in the late 1990s. While Ecuadorians may be found in many areas, they tend to gravitate to large urban centers such as New York. Ecuadorians are one of the largest South American Latino groups in New York City as well as in the State of New York, and Queens County's, NY has the largest Ecuadorian community of any county in the USA. Like many other ethnic groups, Ecuadorians tend to immigrate to where there is already an established Ecuadorian community that can help them find jobs and to get started on their new life.

The most popular sport among Ecuadorians is soccer, and they follow the national team of Ecuador with great passion. They also excel at sports such as tennis, badminton, and volleyball.

Ecuadorian cuisine is diverse, but most regions in Ecuador follow a traditional three course meal of soup, a second course which includes rice and a protein such as meat or fish, and then dessert and coffee to finish. Supper is usually lighter, and sometimes consists only of coffee or herbal tea with bread. Ecuadorians prefer to drink their coffee in their traditional way, which requires boiling the coffee down to a thick sludge known as esencia and bringing it to the table in a small pitcher or bottle. It is then blended in the cup with hot water, milk, and sugar. The final product has a distinctive taste quite different from the coffee most Americans drink.

The traditional Andean music of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia have become popular in the United States. Many indigenous Ecuadorians perform in traditional groups, some on university campuses and in halls, but many more in the streets and subways of New York and other cities. Such groups may have a tour bus to take them to the streets of different cities where they don their traditional garb and their long straight hair, homburg hats and brightly colored ponchos create a distinctive impression.

Most Ecuadorians speak a version of Spanish which is understandable by other Spanish speakers, but with some idiosyncrasies. Many also speak indigenous languages such as Quechua. The majority of Ecuadorians are officially Roman Catholic, although there is a significant Protestant Christian minority.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the gospel to continue to spread in the Ecuadorian community.
  • Pray for God to raise up Christian leaders from within the Ecuadorian community to work in the harvest.
  • Pray for Christians in the Ecuadorian community to start new churches and ministries not only among their own people, but among the least reached peoples around them.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesQueensNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY170,480
United StatesDoralMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL29,264
United StatesChgoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL17,648
United StatesBurbankLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA15,892
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON14,560
United StatesStamfordBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT11,205
United StatesMinneapolisMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN5,551
United StatesNew HavenNew Haven-MilfordCT4,689
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX4,000
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC3,924
United StatesMontclairRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA3,604
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL3,215
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA1,616
United StatesBaltBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD1,589
United StatesGlendalePhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ1,306
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT1,152
United StatesWorcesterWorcesterMA1,117
United StatesLas VegasLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV975
United StatesVirginia BeachVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA812
United StatesSchenectadyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY579
United StatesBradentonNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL577
United StatesCamarilloOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA530
United StatesOklahoma CityOklahoma CityOK429
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX400
United StatesDaytonDaytonOH265
United StatesPort IsabelMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX70