Urdu of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 723,168

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

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 105,236

  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, VA - 42,941

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 40,847

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 34,523

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 23,450

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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.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC14,610
United StatesShrewsburyWorcesterMA762
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC2
United StatesSpringfieldWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaVA42,941
United StatesVirginia BeachVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA748
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC15,920
United StatesBroken ArrowTulsaOK591
United StatesTucsonTucsonAZ318
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL2,026
United StatesStocktonStockton-LodiCA7,444
United StatesMeridianSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA5,206
United StatesMilipitasSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA5,890
United StatesDiamond HeightsSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA12,654
United StatesCarlsbadSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA2,288
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX1,399
United StatesWest Valley CitySalt Lake CityUT460
United StatesMaryland HeightsSt. LouisMO1,786
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA6,970
United StatesPenfieldRochesterNY1,069
United StatesCoronaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA6,691
United StatesGlen AllenRichmondVA1,234
United StatesApexRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC1,120
United StatesPawtucketProvidence-WarwickRI370
United StatesPittsPittsburghPA1,280
United StatesGilbertPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ1,560
United StatesDelranPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonNJ11,756
United StatesOxnardOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA446
United StatesFlorida CenterOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL5,396
United StatesOmahaOmaha-Council BluffsNE337
United StatesOklahoma CityOklahoma CityOK476