Sri Lankan, Sinhalese of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 17,000

ROP3 Code: 109305
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Sinhala
Language: Sinhala - (sin)
Religion: Buddhism
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 7,500

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 3,500

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 1,500

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 175

  Longview-Tyler, TX - 122

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Brief Profile

The Sri Lankan Sinhalese speak Sinhalese, which is known as Sinhala, as their native language and constitute about 75% of the Sri Lankan population.

Several generations of Sinhalese have migrated to Europe. The majority fled as refugees in the 1980s, escaping the violent civil conflict in Sri Lanka. They reside in a majority of North America.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that evangelical Christians will naturally share their faith in word and deed by becoming friends with the Sinhalese speaking diaspora.
  • Pray that God will work through dreams and other means to reveal Jesus Christ as the true Messiah for the Sinhalese speaking diaspora.
  • Pray God will break down barriers that prevent Sinhalese speaking diaspora from understanding and receiving the message of Jesus Christ.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesStaten IslandNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY7,500
United StatesResedaLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA3,500
United StatesHouston, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX1,500
United StatesFlower MoundDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX175
United StatesTylerLongview-TylerTX122
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR100
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY50

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