Russian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 961,102

ROP3 Code: 108452
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Eastern
Language: Russian - (rus)
Religion: Christianity - Orthodox
Country of Origin: Russia

Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 118,090

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 100,000

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 53,900

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 38,762

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 31,640

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Brief Profile

The majority of Russian people who immigrated to North America came from the European region west of the Ural Mountain range, specifically from the Russia metro areas of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Census reports over 3 million claiming Russian ancestry with many no longer able to speak Russian or associating with other Russians. However, many still speak Russian as their primary language and primarily associate with other Russians, especially in large metro areas like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. (The profile density map reports only Russians who speak Russian as their primary language.)

The majority of Russians claim Christian Orthodoxy or Judaism (For information about Russians who adhere to Judaism, see Russian Jews).

The majority of Orthodox Russians are nominally religious. Orthodoxy often merely serves as a cultural connection into the Russian community. Consequently, they sometimes are in name only Orthodox.

The Orthodoxy of Russians has different forms depending on the origin they are from but all would fall under the same heading as the Greek Orthodox. There are several Russian evangelical congregations in North America found mostly in larger metro areas.

New York City is home to a large Russian and Russian-speaking population. The largest Russian-American communities in New York City are located in Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay. Brighton Beach has been nicknamed Little Odessa due to its population of Russian-speaking immigrants from Ukraine and Russia.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that the existing evangelical Russian presence will be bold in sharing their faith with their family and friends.
  • Pray that other evangelical Christians will come alongside the existing Russian evangelical Christians to share the message of Jesus Christ with Russians.
  • Pray for Orthodox and nominal Christian Russians to experience a living faith in Jesus Christ.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesAkronAkronOH753
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY2,111
United StatesAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM596
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA810
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA11,676
United StatesAugustaAugusta-Richmond CountyGA255
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX500
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA630
United StatesBaltimoreBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD10,325
United StatesDenham SpringsBaton RougeLA430
United StatesBeaumontBeaumont-Port ArthurTX118
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL414
United StatesBoiseBoise CityID1,396
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA28,339
United StatesStamfordBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT4,384
United StatesBuffaloBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY2,896
United StatesCape CoralCape Coral-Fort MyersFL770
United StatesCharlestonCharleston-North CharlestonSC632
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC3,971
United StatesChattanoogaChattanoogaTN475
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL38,762
United StatesMasonCincinnati-MiddletownOH2,499
United StatesClevelandCleveland-ElyriaOH7,268
United StatesColorado SpringsColorado SpringsCO937
United StatesColumbiaColumbiaSC611
United StatesColumbusColumbusOH3,672
United StatesCorpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTX170
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX4,700
United StatesDaytonDaytonOH507
United StatesDenverDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO11,900