Urdu of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 584,136

ROP3 Code: 110423
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Urdu Muslim
Language: Urdu - (urd)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Pakistan

Status of Christianity

Engaged yet Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 125,000

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 38,059

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 29,679

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 17,028

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 14,040

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Brief Profile

Urdu speakers are historically associated with the Muslims of the region of Hindustan. Urdu is the national language and <i>lingua franca</i> of Pakistan, and an official language of six Indian states and one of the 22 scheduled languages in the Constitution of India. Apart from specialized vocabulary, Urdu is mutually intelligible with Standard Hindi, which is associated with the Hindu community.

Urdu speakers work in various professions – ranging from the bank sector to travel. Many have long standing roots in the United States extending into second and third generation Americans. Community and family are very important and identity is found in the group. Truth and worldview are highly influenced and determined by the elders and religious leaders.

The majority of Urdu adhere to Islam. The number of Islamic mosques being built by Urdu speakers will attest to the growing population of Urdu people in the Metro Areas.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for churches to develop intentional church planting strategies specifically focusing on the Urdu speakers.
  • Pray for Christians that live and work among Urdu to begin loving friendships with them.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to begin revealing the true nature of God to Urdu in powerful ways.


Global Recordings Network
Online Bible
Online Talking Bible - Urdu
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaToronto ON128,845
United StatesQueensNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY125,000
United StatesSkokieChicago-Naperville-ElginIL38,059
United StatesSugar LandHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX29,679
United StatesAllenDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX17,028
CanadaCalgary AB16,165
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC14,040
CanadaVancouver BC12,080
CanadaOttawa  ON12,065
United StatesSpringfieldWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaVA11,000
CanadaEdmonton AB8,390
United StatesCantonDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI8,378
United StatesEllicott CityBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD7,364
United StatesDelranPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonNJ5,392
United StatesSanta ClaraSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA5,026
CanadaKitchener ON4,605
CanadaHamilton ON4,560
United StatesCoronaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA3,773
United StatesKissimmeeOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL3,443
United StatesLynnwoodSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA3,133
United StatesFolsomSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA3,084
United StatesWindsor LocksHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT2,778
CanadaWindsor ON2,640
CanadaSaskatoon SK2,560
United StatesHigh PointGreensboro-High PointNC2,500
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC2,500
CanadaWinnipeg MB2,315
United StatesCarlsbadSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA2,288
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL2,026
United StatesNorwalkBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT2,005