Ukrainian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 184,565

ROP3 Code: 110376
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Eastern
Language: Ukrainian - (ukr)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Ukraine

Status of Christianity

No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 4

Majority Located Where

  Edmonton, AB - 148,160

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 84,495

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 20,021

  Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA - 16,974

  Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA - 13,085

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Brief Profile

There is a division in the Ukraine. Those from the West speak Ukranian, those from the East speak Russian. The Russian speakers have a culture that is more similar to Russia, so many of them consider themselves Russian, basing their identification on language and culture rather than ethnicity.

What are their lives like?

Most have come to the United States hoping for a better life. Many were impoverished in the Ukraine and believe the United States to be a land of opportunity. Many women have come as mail-order brides because that was their only hope of receiving a visa. Others have come on a green card lottery visa, student visa, or business visa. Young professionals are typically able to succeed but people with limited English often struggle to find work.

What do they believe?

Most are Ukranian Orthodox, which is a strand of Greek Orthodox. There are not specifically Ukranian Orthodox churches so many would attend a Greek Orthodox church or any other Orthodox church with a similar background.

Orthodoxy is a cultural reality. Most are nominal in their faith and are not strongly connected to their religion outside of a cultural obligation.

Some of the older Ukranians in Louisville are Jews who came during World War II seeking refuge.

Currently there are several Ukranian students at Southern Seminary and at least one Ukranian who is a part of the Russian church plant. There may be other evangelical Ukranians in Louisville but this information was not obtained.

What are their needs?

The god of communism has been replaced by the god of materialism as Ukranians have relocated to the United States. Many come with a dream of a better life through the gaining of material wealth. As the reality that wealth and material possessions can never satisfy becomes a reality, Ukranians need to hear the hope that comes from Christ in the Gospel.

For Ukranians, especially older Ukranians, who are less competent in English there are needs for people to help them gain a better understanding of English so they can find work and live life here in the United States.

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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesEdmontonEdmontonAB148,160
CanadaSurreyVancouver (Surrey)BC84,495
United StatesBuffalo GroveChicago-Naperville-ElginIL20,021
United StatesAntelopeSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA16,974
United StatesFeasterville-TrevosePhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA13,085
United StatesVancouverPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroWA8,357
United StatesParmaCleveland-ElyriaOH6,975
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN4,500
United StatesAshevilleAshevilleNC4,500
United StatesReisterstownBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD4,132
United StatesWarrenDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI3,611
United StatesSt PaulMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN3,220
United StatesWebsterRochesterNY3,010
United StatesMountain ViewSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA2,885
United StatesDenverDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO2,413
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA1,906
United StatesTrinityTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL1,844
United StatesWest HartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT1,685
United StatesShorewoodMilwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisWI1,475
United StatesMatthewsCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC1,374
United StatesSt LouisSt. LouisMO1,252
United StatesBuffaloBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY1,236
United StatesGlendalePhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ1,167
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX1,095
United StatesHomesteadPittsburghPA1,078
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL859
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA776
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN768
United StatesMasonCincinnati-MiddletownOH624
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY583