Marshallese of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 4,052

ROP3 Code: 106356
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: Micronesian
Language: Marshallese - (mah)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: Marshall Islands

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Majority Located Where

  Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR - 2,800

  Honolulu, HI - 600

  Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA - 200

  Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA - 200

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 120

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Brief Profile

Marshallese derive their name from British Captain William Marshall, who explored and founded the Marshall Islands with Captain Thomas Gilbert in 1788. The atolls were not a cohesive entity until Europeans named and mapped them.

Marshallese began migrating to the United States during the late 70s. They predominantly reside in Arkansas, just northwest of of the Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Metro Area.

The core of traditional Marshallese is derived from one's mother. Marshallese value family and are members of large extended kin groups. As a result, their position as a member extend beyond geographical boundaries.

Moreover, these identity groups value one's position in a religious organization, a Christmas–time song-fest group, handicrafts, or even traditional Marshallese dance.

A large majority of Marshallese are Protestant Christians.

Prayer Points

  • That Marshallese will take the gospel message to unreached Pacific Islanders.
  • That God will work in the lives of Marshallese who have neglected their Christian heritage and fallen into the trap of secularism.
  • For evangelical Christians to befriend nominal Christian Marshallese and reveal to them a life that is walking with the Lord Jesus Christ.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesSpringdaleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR2,800
United StatesKailua KonaHonoluluHI600
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA200
United StatesEverettSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA200
United StatesCleburneDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX120