People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Korean of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,643,890

ROP3 Code: 105225
IMB Affinity Group: East Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Korean
Language: Korean - (kor)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: South Korea

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Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 254,044

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 101,336

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 99,135

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 64,755

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 52,830

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Brief Profile

Koreans in North America have roots from both North and South Korea, but the majority due to prevailing political circumstances in North Korea come from South Korea. Various immigration polices (e.g United States 1965 Immigration Act) have impacted the immigration so that ten of thousands of Koreans have migrated to North America.

Many people consider the “national food” of Koreans to be Kimch’i (also spelled kim chee). Kimch’i is a kind of pickle made by combining Chinese cabbage with spices and other strongly flavored foods. It is generally served at every meal – even breakfast. Korean food is also composed of rice dishes mixed with spicy vegetables and meats such as chicken, beef, fish or pork. For special occasions, food such as kimhap, a heavily spiced version of sushi, or pulkugi, strips of marinated barbecued beef, may be prepared. Other common foods and beverages include dok (pounded rice cake), soups and barley tea. These dishes, many of which are hot and spicy, can be enjoyed at many Korean restaurants.

Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shamanism are the traditional religions of Korea. Missionary activity has been strong for over a century and Christianity has gained a foothold. The majority of Korean immigrants are evangelical Christians of various denominations, including Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians.

Prayer Points

  • Pray evangelical Korean Christians will join in fulfilling the Great Commission of taking the gospel message to the nations that surround them in North America.
  • Pray for Korean Christians who are allowing secularism and materialism to influence their passion for knowing and serving Christ.
  • Pray for evangelical Korean Christians to send missionaries to other nations.

Learning Resources

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Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
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Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
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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
United StatesLALos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA254,044
United StatesQueensNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY101,336
United StatesTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON64,755
United StatesVilla ParkChicago-Naperville-ElginIL52,830
United StatesVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC49,880
CanadaBurnabyVancouver (Surrey)BC49,255
United StatesMukilteoSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA42,381
United StatesDuluthAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA39,084
United StatesAlbanySan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA32,522
United StatesCarrolltonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX28,677
United StatesSan JoseSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA23,929
United StatesBlue BellPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA20,592
United StatesEllicott CityBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD19,919
United StatesRiversideRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA19,244
United StatesHonoluluHonoluluHI17,122
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA14,931
United StatesCambridgeBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA13,951
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX11,918
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN10,000
United StatesAuroraDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO9,750
United StatesCalgaryCalgaryAB8,890
United StatesChandlerPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ8,324
United StatesLas VegasLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV8,202
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR8,025
United StatesFolsomSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA7,629
United StatesTroyDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI6,651
United StatesMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC6,265
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX6,000
United StatesEdmontonEdmontonAB5,075
United StatesYorktownVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA4,654

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(Revelation 7:9, NIV)
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