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.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesAlbanySan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA32,522
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY1,379
United StatesAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM1,004
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA851
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX150
United StatesAuroraDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO9,750
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX6,000
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA1,819
United StatesBaton RougeBaton RougeLA625
United StatesBeaumontBeaumont-Port ArthurTX176
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR8,025
United StatesBellevueOmaha-Council BluffsNE562
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL1,000
United StatesBlue BellPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA20,592
CanadaBurnabyVancouver (Surrey)BC49,255
United StatesCalgaryCalgaryAB8,890
United StatesCambridgeBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA13,951
United StatesCarrolltonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX28,677
United StatesChandlerPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ8,324
United StatesChapel HillDurham-Chapel HillNC3,662
United StatesCinCincinnati-MiddletownOH2
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH800
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH810
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH810
United StatesCleveCleveland-ElyriaOH1,744
United StatesColumbusColumbusOH2,021
United StatesCorpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTX594
United StatesDaytonDaytonOH1,121
United StatesDuluthAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA39,084
United StatesEdmontonEdmontonAB5,075