People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Pole of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 907,210

ROP3 Code: 108096
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Western
Language: Polish - (pol)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Poland

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By Godson Onyekwere

Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 214,455

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 181,107

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 76,122

  Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT - 22,886

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 19,696

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Brief Profile

Like many other European peoples, Poles have a long history in North America. Migrations have taken place for over 200 years. As a result, many people of Polish ancestral descent have assimilated and to a large extent no longer adhere to the socio-cultural-linguistic norms that makeup a unique Pole identity. Nevertheless, other Poles have not assimilated and still adhere to Polish socio-cultural elements plus use Polish as their primary language at home.

One of the most notable in size of the urban Pole enclaves in North America is the Chicago metro area. In fact, Chicago metro are is home to the largest Polish city outside of Poland. The vast majority of Poles is concentrated along the city's Northwest and Southwest Sides, along Milwaukee Avenue and Archer Avenue, respectively. Chicago's Taste of Polonia festival is celebrated at the Copernicus Foundation, in Jefferson Park, every Labor Day weekend.

As in Poland, the majority of Poles claim Roman Catholicism as their religious adherence. Historically, less than 5% of Americans who identify as Polish would state any other religion but Roman Catholic. Hence, Poles are well over 95% Roman Catholic with another 3-4% adhering to secularism. Hence, Poles constitute one of the least reached people groups in North America.

Prayer Points

  • A need exists among evangelical churches and Christian for intentional engaging Poles that leads to church planting.
  • Pray for evangelical North Americans of Polish ancestral descent to take the message of Jesus Christ to the Poles.
  • Pray for the small minority of evangelical Poles to share the message of Christ bold and clearly.

Learning Resources

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Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Online Talking Bible - Polish
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON214,455
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL181,107
United StatesNew YorkNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY76,122
United StatesNew BritainHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT22,886
United StatesHamtramckDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI19,696
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA10,138
United StatesBuffaloBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY8,706
United StatesLos AngelesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA8,346
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA7,723
United StatesMiamiMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL7,600
United StatesStamfordBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT7,024
United StatesSpringfieldSpringfieldMA6,894
United StatesClevelandCleveland-ElyriaOH6,041
United StatesSt PetersburgTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL5,337
United StatesHamdenNew Haven-MilfordCT5,200
United StatesPhoenixPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ4,775
United StatesRedmondSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA3,981
United StatesWorcesterWorcesterMA3,866
United StatesPittsburghPittsburghPA3,594
United StatesSan FranciscoSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA3,554
United StatesDenverDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO3,460
United StatesBaltimoreBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD3,106
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA2,768
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA2,630
United StatesCentral FallsProvidence-WarwickRI2,626
United StatesMilwMilwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisWI2,620
United StatesMinneapolisMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN2,399
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY2,349
United StatesEastonAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA2,311
United StatesHendersonLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV2,300