Nuer of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 27,500

ROP3 Code: 106990
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Nilotic
Language: Nuer - (nus)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: South Sudan

Majority Located Where

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 3,000

  Lincoln, NE - 300

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Brief Profile

The majority of Nuer people originated from the Nile Valley region of South Sudan, with a smaller minority of their population also originating in southwestern Ethiopia. They are one people group among many in the Sudanese people group cluster (see below).

Historically, they valued cattle, the highest symbolic, religious and economic value among the Nuer. Cattle were particularly important in their role as bride wealth, where they were given by a husband's lineage to his wife's lineage. However, despite having those experiences in Sudan, many work in the food service, retail, hospitals, hotels, and airport security in the United States.

Culturally, Nuer received facial markings (called gaar) as part of their initiation into adulthood.

The majority of Nuer reside in Nebraska, Minnesota, Sag Harbor, NY, Iowa, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Georgia. See Nuer Community of North America on Facebook.

Please note: The Sudanese people group cluster, numbering over 100,000, includes the Acholi, Anuak, Azande, Bari, Central Dinka, Jur Modo, Kaliko, Mabaan, Madi, Moru, Nuer, Shilluk, plus several other minority people groups. They are socially, culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse with each having their own unique people group identity.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Nuer Christians will boldly share the message of Christ.
  • Pray Christians who encounter Nuer will show Biblical love in word and deed.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesIrvingDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX3,000
United StatesLincolnLincolnNE300