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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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesRaleighRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC1,328
United StatesWaianaeHonoluluHI463
United StatesGilbertPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ1,482
United StatesJefferson CityJefferson CityMO25
United StatesHenricoRichmondVA878
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN659
United StatesTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON177,305
United StatesMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC11,820
United StatesOshawaOshawa (Whitby, Clarington)ON7,310
United StatesLoma LindaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA1,848
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX200
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC268
United StatesSnellvilleAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA31,792
United StatesBrownsvilleNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY206,147
United StatesBridgeportBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT10,073
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA923
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN139
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL200
United StatesSouthfieldDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI2,681
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA11,276
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT18,641
United StatesNorth PortNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL1,493
United StatesNorfolkVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA2,642
United StatesLauderdale LakesMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL125,024
United StatesMcDonoughAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA150
United StatesMilford MillBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD8,564
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN240
United StatesBuffaloBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY1,784
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY2,605
United StatesRochesterRochesterNY2,710