People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Peruvian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 413,014

ROP3 Code: 107993
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Hispanic
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Peru

Photo courtesy of Joshua Project.

By Rachel Schofield

Majority Located Where

  Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL - 60,516

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 49,303

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 34,323

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 14,410

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 13,464

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Brief Profile

Peruvians are immigrants from the diverse and mountainous South American nation of Peru. Peruvians come from a wide diversity of backgrounds and climates. Some Peruvians are indigenous and wear traditional clothing, while others are ethnically mixed and wear modern Western clothing. The official language of Peru is Spanish, but many Peruvians still speak traditional languages such as Quechua.

Peruvians have emigrated mainly due to the political turmoil and economic hardships Peru faced during the 1980s and have come to the USA to pursue a better quality of life. As such, Peruvian Americans are primarily recent immigrants, as most of them have moved to the United States since 1990. Paterson, New Jersey is considered by many to be the capital of the Peruvian Diaspora in North America. Market Street, the "Little Lima" in downtown Paterson, is the largest Peruvian American enclave and is lined with Peruvian-owned restaurants, bakeries, delicatessens, travel agencies, and other businesses.

Peruvian food is becoming increasingly well known in North America, particularly the traditional roasted chicken, or Pollo, as well as cebiche (raw fish "cooked" in lime juice). Peruvian cuisine is often recognized for being one of the most diverse and appreciated of the Latin American cuisines. Inca Kola, a soda that originated in Peru, is sold in many heavily concentrated Latino areas.

The predominant religion of Peruvians is Roman Catholicism.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the gospel to continue to spread in the Peruvian community.
  • Pray for God to raise up Christian leaders from within the Peruvian community to work in the harvest.
  • Pray for Christians in the Peruvian community to start new churches and ministries.

Learning Resources

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Online Talking Bible - Spanish
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Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
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Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesWestonMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL60,516
United StatesJackson HeightsNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY49,303
United StatesLALos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA34,323
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC14,410
United StatesSFSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA13,464
United StatesFort WorthDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX7,895
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX6,831
United StatesChgoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL6,714
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL6,030
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT5,078
United StatesStamfordBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT4,576
United StatesSouth Salt LakeSalt Lake CityUT3,884
United StatesMountain ViewSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA3,622
United StatesLas VegasLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV2,971
United StatesWoodinvilleSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA2,835
United StatesNorthglennDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO2,616
United StatesOceansideSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA2,547
United StatesPhoenixPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ2,459
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA1,837
United StatesBradentonNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL1,800
United StatesEdgewoodBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD1,647
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL1,531
United StatesNew HavenNew Haven-MilfordCT1,492
United StatesCamarilloOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA1,487
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA1,295
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR1,174
United StatesEastonAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA1,103
United StatesCinCincinnati-MiddletownOH1,103
United StatesProvProvidence-WarwickRI1,004
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX1,000