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.

Resources

Global Recordings Network
Online Bible
Online Talking Bible - Russian
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesMadisonMadisonWI1,017
United StatesMilwaukeeMilwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisWI3,731
United StatesEverettSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA28,336
United StatesVirginia BeachVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA2,553
United StatesRichmondRichmondVA1,239
United StatesOgdenOgden-ClearfieldUT493
United StatesProvoProvo-OremUT1,060
United StatesSalt Lake CitySalt Lake CityUT2,132
United StatesBeaumontBeaumont-Port ArthurTX118
United StatesLongviewLongview-TylerTX207
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX4,700
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX500
United StatesMidlandMidland-OdessaTX98
United StatesEl PasoEl PasoTX200
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX1,900
United StatesCorpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTX170
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX8,800
United StatesChattanoogaChattanoogaTN475
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN905
United StatesMemphisMemphisTN620
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN500
United StatesCharlestonCharleston-North CharlestonSC632
United StatesColumbiaColumbiaSC611
United StatesGreenvilleGreenville-Anderson-MauldinSC237
United StatesProvProvidence-WarwickRI1,901
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA810
United StatesHarrisburgHarrisburg-CarlislePA861
United StatesLancasterLancasterPA1,222
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA22,620
United StatesPittsburghPittsburghPA3,650