Chinese, Mandarin of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 2,594,345

ROP3 Code: 103686
IMB Affinity Group: East Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Chinese
Language: Mandarin Chinese - (cmn)
Religion: Buddhism - Mahayana
Country of Origin: China

Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 399,481

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 334,498

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 250,000

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 180,885

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 153,065

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Brief Profile

Chinese have resided in North America for many years but many are arriving on a monthly basis. The United States has several Chinese-language newspapers. Many larger cities have enclaves where one can go and only see Chinese and hear Mandarin being spoken. Chinese are industrious and hard-working. In addition, they value family ties and keeping close links to Chinese arts and culture. Rather than just pure Buddhism, religious practices focus on ancestor veneration and Chinese folk religion. Moreover, Chinese adhere to atheism, especially those from Mainland China.

A need exists for Christians to build relationships and invite Chinese to their homes, activities, and Christian events. The greatest need is of course the peace that comes with a personal relationship with Christ. The Buddhist philosophy that suffering is the basic human problem offers an opportunity to give witness that Christianity is the only religion that adequate deals with this problem.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Christians will become true friends with Chinese, inviting them to their homes and learning from them their cultural preferences and specific needs.
  • Pray for new work, house churches, now being planted among Mandarin Chinese speakers.
  • Pray for existing Mandarin speaking churches to send members out to plant more Mandarin speaking evangelical congregations.
  • Pray for churches to develop intentional church planting strategies specifically focusing on Mandarin Chinese speakers.


Global Recordings Network
Online Bible
Faith Comes by Hearing - New Testament (Mandarin)
Online Talking Bible - Chinese, Mandarin
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY4,528
United StatesAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM1,877
United StatesamariloAmarillo-DumasTX670
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX6,500
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA826
United StatesBaton RougeBaton RougeLA1,436
United StatesBeaumontBeaumont-Port ArthurTX688
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA89,741
United StatesCalgaryCalgaryAB26,865
United StatesCarmelIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN4,444
United StatesCentennialDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO7,025
United StatesCentervilleDaytonOH1,145
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC5,500
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL48,550
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH750
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH10,000
United StatesClaytonSt. LouisMO6,307
United StatesCleveCleveland-ElyriaOH9,264
United StatesColliervilleMemphisTN2,354
United StatesColumbusColumbusOH1,887
United StatesCorpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTX806
United StatesCupertinoSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA123,114
United StatesDuluthAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA19,132
United StatesDurhamDurham-Chapel HillNC7,231
United StatesEdmondOklahoma CityOK2,681
United StatesEdmontonEdmontonAB18,705
United StatesEl PasoEl PasoTX700
United StatesEllicott CityBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD10,100
United StatesFayettevilleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR1,000
United StatesFayettevilleFayettevilleNC1,325