Latvian, Lett of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 126,355

ROP3 Code: 105674
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Baltic
Language: Latvian - (lav)
Religion: Non-Religious
Country of Origin: Latvia

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 9,166

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 8,690

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 4,748

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 3,700

  Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA - 2,952

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Brief Profile

The first significant wave of Latvian people emigrated to North America in 1888 to Boston. They were mainly single young men who came to the United States looking for fortunes or fleeing mandatory military service of Imperial Russia. By the end of century, those Latvians immigrants settled primarily in other East Coast and Midwest cities, such as New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Chicago, as well as in some cities on the West Coast, such as Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

However, the largest wave of Latvian immigrants came to North America after World War II looking for a better life and work.

Many Latvians have a strong connection with Latvia. For instance, many often travel to Latvia and provide financial support and give material to various organizations. Some Latvians sit on the Parliament in Latvia.

There are larger populations in the United States of California, New York, Illinois, Florida and Michigan.

Latvians speak English, but often they still maintain speaking Latvia (also known as Lettish) in their home. Moreover, Latvians have kept alive their Latvian cultural heritage with many second, third or fourth generation persons able to converse in the Latvian language.

Historically, Latvian people come from a Lutheran background, but many today are in name only Lutheran. As a result, the majority now are non-religious, while some now adhere to Roman Catholicism and also others who adhere to Judaism.

Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord to send evangelical Christians to live among the Latvians and share the love of Christ with them.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the Latvians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel and learn that they may have a living relationship with a living God.
  • Pray that God will raise up prayer teams to go and break up the soil through worship and intercession.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaHamiltonHamilton (Burlington)ON1,375
United StatesDedhamBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA2,952
United StatesMundeleinChicago-Naperville-ElginIL4,748
United StatesBrownsburgIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN216
United StatesLALos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA3,700
United StatesJersey CityNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNJ9,166
United StatesSan LeandroSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA2,663
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC1,485
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON8,690
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC1,985

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