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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Online Talking Bible - Italian
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON475,090
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL394
United StatesTucsonTucsonAZ2,969
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR435
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA532
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA789
United StatesLos AngelesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA20,816
United StatesModestoModestoCA446
United StatesThousand OaksOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA1,130
United StatesRiversideRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA3,487
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA3,493
United StatesSFSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA13,481
United StatesSan JoseSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA4,438
United StatesStocktonStockton-LodiCA1,273
United StatesColorado SpringsColorado SpringsCO812
United StatesDenverDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO2,700
United StatesArlingtonMemphisTN489
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT11,997
United StatesMeridenNew Haven-MilfordCT11,208
United StatesWashingtonWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaDC1,419
United StatesCape CoralCape Coral-Fort MyersFL1,808
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL1,820
United StatesLakelandLakeland-Winter HavenFL802
United StatesKCMOKansas CityMO1,026
United StatesMiamiMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL20,868
United StatesSarasotaNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL2,827
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL3,839
United StatesPalm BayPalm Bay-Melbourne-TitusvilleFL1,588
United StatesDunedinTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL8,198
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA3,749