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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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesAkronAkronOH753
United StatesMasonCincinnati-MiddletownOH2,499
United StatesClevelandCleveland-ElyriaOH7,268
United StatesColumbusColumbusOH3,672
United StatesDaytonDaytonOH507
United StatesToledoToledoOH427
United StatesYoungstownYoungstown-Warren-BoardmanOH315
United StatesOklahoma CityOklahoma CityOK500
United StatesTulsaTulsaOK1,094
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON118,090
United StatesPortlandPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR14,766
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA810
United StatesHarrisburgHarrisburg-CarlislePA861
United StatesLancasterLancasterPA1,222
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA22,620
United StatesPittsburghPittsburghPA3,650
United StatesScrantonScranton--Wilkes-Barre-HazletonPA1,241
United StatesProvProvidence-WarwickRI1,901
United StatesCharlestonCharleston-North CharlestonSC632
United StatesColumbiaColumbiaSC611
United StatesGreenvilleGreenville-Anderson-MauldinSC237
United StatesChattanoogaChattanoogaTN475
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN905
United StatesMemphisMemphisTN620
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN500
United StatesBeaumontBeaumont-Port ArthurTX118
United StatesLongviewLongview-TylerTX207
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX4,700
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX500
United StatesMidlandMidland-OdessaTX98