Slovak of North America


People Group Info

Total Population: 58,370

ROP3 Code: 109354
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Western
Language: Slovak - (slk)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Slovakia

Status of Christianity


Unengaged and Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

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Majority Located Where

  Pittsburgh, PA - 9,977

  Cleveland-Elyria, OH - 6,349

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 3,000

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 2,900

  Scranton--Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton, PA - 2,530

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Brief Profile

Slovaks make up the third-largest people of ethnic ancestry. Slovaks have been coming to the United States since the sixteenth century, the largest wave of immigration spanning the thirty-five years before World War I. Hard working and thrifty by nature, the Slovaks were living in oppression and harsh economic conditions in those years. As a result, many came to the United States to improve both their social and economic conditions and settled primarily in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The majority of Slovaks have assimilated and no longer adhere to what would be known as Slovak. Nevertheless, there still are those Slovaks who adhere to that which would be known as Slovak. For instance, there are Slovaks who still speak Slovakia at home. In addition, the societies such as the Slovak Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, through its many activities, helps to promote the continuation of the beautiful customs of the Slovak people.

Most members are second or third generation Slovak Americans. Exhibits, Slovak Language Classes and Cooking Classes help keep the culture alive. There is a vast reservoir of liturgical and folk music, which provides another way to ensure that the language of their ancestors is preserved.

Roman Catholicism is the primary religion, with a small minority who adhere to an evangelical faith. However, most Slovaks live a more secular lifestyle and it often appears that they go through the motions of being Roman Catholic.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for God to send laborers into this field of opportunity.
  • Pray that He will raise up and equip locals who will take the gospel to their Slovak neighbors.
  • Pray that Slovaks will search for truth found in the living God, Jesus Christ.

Resources

Global Recordings Network
Online Talking Bible - Slovak
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesMunhallPittsburghPA9,977
United StatesRocky RiverCleveland-ElyriaOH6,349
United StatesElizabethNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNJ3,000
United StatesBurbankChicago-Naperville-ElginIL2,900
United StatesMoosicScranton--Wilkes-Barre-HazletonPA2,530
United StatesLake DallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX155
United StatesTylerLongview-TylerTX136