People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Guatemalan of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 574,765

ROP3 Code: 103510
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Hispanic
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Guatemala

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Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 181,875

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 47,377

  Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL - 38,223

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 29,600

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 24,860

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Brief Profile

Guatemalans have immigrated from their homeland in Central America in large numbers due to war, violence, and economic pressure, and make up one of the largest groups of Hispanic and Indigneous immigrants in North America. In the United States, half of the Guatemalan population is situated in two parts of the country, the Northeast and Southern California.

Guatemalan are culturally diverse, reflecting the complex mixture of people groups in their homeland. Spanish-speaking Mestizo Guatemalans make up a majority of the population, and have often intermingled with other Hispanic groups. Both Guatemalans and the various people groups of Guatemala may often be found working at or shopping in Guatemalan bakeries which serve delicious breads and traditional dishes.

Some Guatemalan traditions are the celebration of Quinceñeros (15-year old birthday parties), the formation of soccer leagues, and the fiestas celebrating the patron saints of various Catholic villages.

In addition to the Mestizos, many Guatemalan Mayan people groups have immigrated in significant numbers due to economic, social, and political challenges in their homeland. Among them are Chuj; Kanjobal, Eastern; Mam; Popti; and Quiche, Central peoples. In the United States, there are concentrations of Mayan in FL, AZ, GA, SC, TX, CA, and many other states. Many of these people still speak a wide variety of Mayan languages, depending on their area of origin, as well as holding to their pre-Columbian customs and religious practices. Numerous Mayan cultural associations exist in the USA with the goal of promoting and preserving Mayan culture, language, and religion. The primary religion practiced by the Mayan peoples is ethnic religion rooted in the reverence of their gods and spirits in nature. Mayan religion is expressed through traditional rites, customs, and worldview, and conversion to Christianity essentially equates to cultural assimilation.

There are also a few non-Mayan Guatemalan indigenous peoples such as the Garifuna, who are descendants of African slaves who mixed with native Carribean populations. While a majority of Guatemalans are Roman Catholic, an increasing percentage of them are Evangelical Protestants, and Guatemalan-Americans have been a contributor to the rise of Hispanic Protestants during the 2000s.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Guatemalans will find not just economic prosperity, but the riches of new life in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for workers to be raised up to reap the harvest among Guatemalan immigrants who are more open to Christianity due to the changes in their lives.
  • Pray for the evangelization and discipleship of all of the people groups of Guatemala, wherever they may be found.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

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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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLALos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA181,875
United StatesBrownsvilleNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY47,377
United StatesMiamiMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL38,223
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX29,600
United StatesSFSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA24,860
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC7,100
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH7,000
United StatesCamdenPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonNJ3,621
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX3,000
United StatesHamtramckDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI1,856
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN1,271
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN1,200
United StatesWeslacoMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX750
United StatesPort ArthurBeaumont-Port ArthurTX634
United StatesLongviewLongview-TylerTX258
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC246
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL200