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

Status of Christianity


No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 5

Photo courtesy of Joshua Project.

By Rachel Schofield

Send us a photo of this people group

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

Click here to recommend other locations where this People Group resides.

Learn More

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.

Resources

J-Film
Global Recordings Network
Online Bible
Online Talking Bible - Spanish
Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
Displaying 1-30 of 47 results.
StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC102
United StatesBeaumontBeaumont-Port ArthurTX221
United StatesPharrMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX280
United StatesPittsPittsburghPA285
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN300
United StatesTulsaTulsaOK389
United StatesAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM473
United StatesCudahyMilwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisWI476
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY486
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA503
United StatesHaleiwaHonoluluHI564
United StatesHigh RidgeSt. LouisMO614
United StatesEdmondOklahoma CityOK682
United StatesTucsonTucsonAZ754
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX765
United StatesVirginia BeachVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA803
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN886
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX1,000
United StatesProvProvidence-WarwickRI1,004
United StatesCinCincinnati-MiddletownOH1,103
United StatesEastonAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA1,103
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR1,174
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA1,295
United StatesCamarilloOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA1,487
United StatesNew HavenNew Haven-MilfordCT1,492
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL1,531
United StatesEdgewoodBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD1,647
United StatesBradentonNorth Port-Sarasota-BradentonFL1,800
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA1,837
United StatesPhoenixPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ2,459