Thai of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 187,080

ROP3 Code: 101940
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Thai
Language: Thai - (tha)
Religion: Buddhism - Theravada
Country of Origin: Thailand

Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 35,752

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 30,000

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 5,712

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 5,239

  Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV - 4,293

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Brief Profile

The vast majority of the Thai people live in Thailand, although some Thais can also be found in other parts of Southeast Asia. About 51–57 million live in Thailand alone, while large communities can also be found in the United States, China, Laos, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Burma, South Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Libya, and the United Arab Emirates.

Although the Thai population is small compared to other Asian immigrant groups this does not mean their influence is not felt. Thai cuisine is popular in many of the major cities. Moreover, the Thai culture has several stark differences from North American cultures.

In Thai culture there is a strong sense of collectivism as opposed to individualism. Thai people value helping each other even when it is inconvenient for them. If one person at the workplace is struggling the coworkers do not see it as a burden to stop and help the one who is struggling. Even possessions are shared more readily. Friends will often share food and drink without having a strong sense of personal possessions. There is a lot of indirect communication in the Thai community. If someone needs to be corrected it is never done in front of others because that would cause them to lose face. Instead they are approached in private and then exhorted.

Thailand has one of the highest concentrations of Buddhists in the world. 95% of the total population adheres to Theravada Buddhism. The national religion is Buddhism and one of the official roles of the monarch is to be the “defender of the Buddhist faith in Thailand.” Although Buddhism is the predominant religion, Thai people also put a high value on freedom of religion. They believe that the King should be Thai but that all religions should be respected.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that all of the Thai restaurants would be engaged with Christians going to them.
  • Pray that all the workers would come to know Christ and that churches would be started in those Thai restaurants.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLos Angeles (East Hollywood) Los Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA35,752
United StatesQueens (Elmhurst)New York-Newark-Jersey CityNY30,000
United StatesWestchesterChicago-Naperville-ElginIL5,712
United StatesCleburneDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX5,239
United StatesLas VegasLas Vegas-Henderson-ParadiseNV4,293
United StatesEdmondsSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA4,091
United StatesLoma LindaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA3,731
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON3,070
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX3,019
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA2,378
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA2,137
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL2,026
United StatesThorntonDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO1,700
United StatesHonoluluHonoluluHI1,659
United StatesGreshamPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR1,645
United StatesBaltBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD1,387
United StatesKnightdaleRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC1,350
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX1,300
United StatesSt PaulMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN1,291
United StatesFayettevilleFayettevilleNC1,175
United StatesMilpitasSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA1,042
United StatesUpper DarbyPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA1,040
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA1,037
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX1,000
United StatesPort HuenemeOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA844
United StatesEdmondOklahoma CityOK804
United StatesUniversity CitySt. LouisMO700
United StatesNew HavenNew Haven-MilfordCT687
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC600
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX600