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

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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.


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