Jamaican of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 856,915

ROP3 Code: 104168
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: Afro-American, Northern
Language: Jamaican Creole English - (jam)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Jamaica

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 206,147

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 177,305

  Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL - 125,024

  Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA - 31,942

  Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL - 19,408

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Brief Profile

Jamaicans are the largest group of American immigrants from the English-speaking Caribbean and have been immigrating for many years. Jamaicans are proud of their culture, and many cultural events in Jamaica are also observed by Jamaican Americans in local public celebrations and in their homes. Jamaicans are well known for their love of reggae music, and traditional foods such as Jerk chicken have become commonplace throughout many areas in North America.

In Jamaican enclaves such as the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, NY, it is common to see Jamaican grocery stores filled with delicacies such as sugar cane, jelly coconut, and yams. Jamaican Americans participate in the annual New York City Caribbean Labor day parade and dress in lavish and colorful costumes representing their cultural heritage. The vast majority of Jamaican Americans are of black Afro-Caribbean descent, and as such, many have assimilated to some degree into the wider African-American community. Their primary languages are English and Jamaican Creole English, and their primary religion is Christianity.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Jamaican Christians to have a bold, vital witness to their unsaved countrymen.
  • Pray for God to draw Jamaicans to Himself.
  • Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to raise up church planters among the Jamaican.
  • Pray for God to use Jamaican believers to impact unreached people groups for Christ.


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Bible - Jamaican Creole (Audio)
Displaying 31-42 of 42 results.
StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesOshawaOshawa (Whitby, Clarington)ON7,310
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA11,276
United StatesRaleighRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC1,328
United StatesRochesterRochesterNY2,710
United StatesSkokieChicago-Naperville-ElginIL7,442
United StatesSnellvilleAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA31,792
United StatesSouthfieldDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI2,681
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL10,200
United StatesTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON177,305
United StatesWaianaeHonoluluHI463
United StatesWaterburyNew Haven-MilfordCT5,324
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC268

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