People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Italian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,379,480

ROP3 Code: 104096
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Italian
Language: Italian - (ita)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Italy

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Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 475,090

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 166,188

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 36,745

  Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA - 34,899

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 24,303

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Brief Profile

The Italians have a long history of migration to North America, as early as the 1820s.

Over time, as have many other European peoples who migrated during early North American history, Italians have assimilated into mainstream culture. Though many know their ethnic heritage, the vast majority of early migrants now are very much a part of mainstream culture and Italian is no longer their primary language spoken at home.

Nevertheless, North America is filled with enclaves of Italians who continue to speak Italian at home and maintain their distinct socio-cultural ethnic heritage. These enclaves are found in the more densely populated metro areas where large numbers of Italians still reside.

Deeply rooted in Roman Catholicism, often Italian ethnic identity is closely related to their religious identity along with their unique Italian-ness.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Christians will realize that Italians are a distinct ethno-linguistic people group and that they will seek to share a message of salvation found through grace in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray God will work in the hearts of Italians who are in name only Catholic so that they might have a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  • Pray evangelical Christians with an Italian ancestry background will share the message of Jesus Christ with Italians by using the Italian language.

Learning Resources

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Other Resources

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A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Online Talking Bible - Italian
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Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON475,090
United StatesWhitestoneNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY166,188
United StatesHarwood HeightsChicago-Naperville-ElginIL36,745
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA34,899
United StatesMiamiMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL20,868
United StatesLos AngelesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA20,816
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA20,593
United StatesMacombDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI16,716
United StatesSFSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA13,481
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT11,997
United StatesPittsburghPittsburghPA11,825
United StatesMeridenNew Haven-MilfordCT11,208
United StatesBridgeportBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT10,785
United StatesJohnstonProvidence-WarwickRI8,760
United StatesDunedinTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL8,198
United StatesClevelandCleveland-ElyriaOH7,696
United StatesRochesterRochesterNY7,521
United StatesNorth TonawandaBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY6,770
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA6,143
United StatesScottsdalePhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ5,864
United StatesPoughkeepsiePoughkeepsie-Newburgh-MiddletownNY5,774
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY5,527
United StatesBaltimoreBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD5,355
United StatesSan JoseSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA4,438
United StatesSeattleSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA4,288
United StatesLas VegasLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV4,262
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL3,839
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA3,749
United StatesSyracuseSyracuseNY3,529
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA3,493