People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Hungarian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 224,911

ROP3 Code: 103918
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Hungarian
Language: Hungarian - (hun)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Hungary

Photo courtesy of Joshua Project.
By Csaba Fejes

Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 56,045

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 23,455

  Calgary, AB - 19,990

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 19,440

  Hamilton (Burlington), ON - 13,450

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Brief Profile

North America experienced three waves of Hungarian, Magyars as they call themselves, migrations. Consisting of educated classes, the first was during the mid-1850s with approximately 3,000 migrating. Consisting mostly of the poor and uneducated classes, the second wave saw 650,000-700,000 ethnic Hungarians. The third wave, precipitated by the Soviet Union taking power, led to over 40,000 Hungarians fleeing to North America.

As a result, Hungarians with ancestral background are numerous in North America who have assimilated into the mainline culture. However, there is a sizeable number who speak Hungarian as their first language, being their primary means of communicating with one another.

Though varying upon one's background and origin, Hungarian culture values formality. When writing their names or introducing themselves, their last name comes first. It’s simply the formal way of introducing one's self or presenting a name publicly.

A handshake is a normal greeting, but gentlemen must always wait for a lady to offer her hand first. Eye contact is important, particularly in business dealings – engendering trust. It is still not unusual to see the older generation bowing as a greeting. Punctuality is of immense importance. When dining out it is usual for a number of dishes to be served. It is normal to try them all, and never start eating before the host; this is considered greedy and ill mannered.

North America Hungarians observe major folk festivals and "Hungarian Days". One can observe them in metro areas such as New Brunswick, New Jersey; Pittsburgh; and Cleveland.

The majority of Hungarians are Roman Catholic, with minorities being among Calvinist (Reformed) and Lutheran, while a small percentage claiming no religious affiliation.

Prayer Points

  • Pray revival occurs among evangelical Hungarians to go and share via words and deeds the message of Christ.
  • Pray for evangelical Christians to come alongside Hungarian evangelicals to share the message of Christ and plant churches.
  • Pray for God to cause Hungarians to become open and receptive to the Gospel message.

Learning Resources

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Other Resources

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Bible - Hungarian
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Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON56,045
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC23,455
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC19,440
CanadaHamiltonHamilton (Burlington)ON13,450
United StatesBorough ParkNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY10,188
United StatesLALos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA6,142
United StatesClevelandCleveland-ElyriaOH4,995
United StatesMiamiMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL3,717
United StatesWheelingChicago-Naperville-ElginIL2,635
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL2,040
United StatesSan FranciscoSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA1,735
United StatesLas VegasLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV1,571
United StatesEscondidoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA1,425
United StatesFairfieldBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT1,415
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA1,361
United StatesBurlingtonPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonNJ1,258
United StatesRiversideRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA1,255
United StatesCave CreekPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ1,166
United StatesNorth PortNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL1,038
United StatesDetroitDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI1,005
United StatesPearlandHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX824
United StatesSeattleSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA802
United StatesAuroraDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO750
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL736
United StatesFriscoDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX665
United StatesBaltimoreBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD638
United StatesNew HavenNew Haven-MilfordCT629
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA618