Goans of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 6,925

ROP3 Code: 104844
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Other South Asian
Language: Goan Konkani - (gom)
Religion: Hinduism
Country of Origin: India

Majority Located Where

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 800

  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - 750

  Calgary, AB - 750

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Brief Profile

The Goans describes the people of Goa, India, who form an ethno-linguistic group resulting from the assimilation of Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Indo-Portuguese and Austro-Asiatic ethnic and/or linguistic ancestries.

Their primary language is Goan Konkani. Konkani spoken by the Catholics is notably different from those of the Hindus, with a lot of Portuguese influence in its vocabulary.

Goans are predominantly Hindus followed by Roman Catholics and a small Muslim community. Hindus in Goa are divided into many different castes and sub-castes, known as Jatis. As a result, there are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. Portuguese names are common among Roman Catholics.

Although the Goan people of North America are dispersed in many metro areas, they retain their unique people group identity through the establishment of Goan assocications, which can be discovered via a google search.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Christians will carefully examine the various South Asian people groups discovering Goans.
  • Pray for God to send evangelicals to become friends with Goans in order to share their faith both in word and deed.


Global Recordings Network
PG - Hindi and Hindu Story Set (pdf)
Religions - Hinduism Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON800
United StatesSanta ClaraSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA750