Eritrean of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 45,430

ROP3 Code: 110051
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa
People Cluster: Ethio-Semitic
Language: Tigre - (tig)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Eritrea

Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 4,905

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 3,000

  Calgary, AB - 1,650

  Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO - 1,640

  Ottawa–Gatineau, ON - 1,290

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Brief Profile

The majority of Eritreans came to North America as refugees during civil war in the African country known as Eritrea. The density map to the right only counts foreign born, 1st generation, Eritreans.

Eritreans speak Tigre, a language better known in Eritrea by its autonym Tigrayit, and also known by speakers in Sudan as Xasa.

Several Eritrean associations exist in the United States: Eritrean American Community in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Eritrean Community Center of Greater New York, Eritrean American Community in Dallas, Eritrean Community Association in Chicago, Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle, and Eritrean American Community in Sacramento.

Eritreans also run many businesses and restaurants. Additionally, Eritreans have opened a number of garages and auto repair shops. In addition, they run several taxi establishments (e.g. the Eritrean Cap Company of San Diego).

A large majority of Eritreans adhere to Sunni Islam. The Eritrean Muslims Association in North America (EMANA) and Eritrean Muslims Council (EMC) serve the Eritrean community's Muslim adherents. A small minority of Eritreans are Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Christians will respond to God's call and intentionally engage Eritreans in word and deed sharing the message of Christ and planting churches.
  • Pray God will work in the hearts and minds of Eritreans to breakdown spiritual strongholds and remove socio-cultural barriers.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON4,905
United StatesDenverDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO1,640
United StatesRichardsonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX1,500
United StatesGarlandDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX1,500
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC1,242
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN398
United StatesCinCincinnati-MiddletownOH283
United StatesKansas CityKansas CityMO124
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY120
United StatesOklahoma City Oklahoma CityOK80

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