People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Puerto Rican of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 5,375,099

ROP3 Code: 108160
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Hispanic
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 725,000

  Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA - 122,000

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 103,000

  Springfield, MA - 51,000

  Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT - 42,000

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Brief Profile

More Puerto Ricans reside outside of Puerto Rico than do inside their own country. In fact, the United States is home to the largest population of Pueto Ricans in the world and home to a larger population than what exists in Puerto Rico itself.

Puerto Ricans have their own unique social customs, cultural matrix, historically rooted traditions, and its own unique pronunciation, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions within the Spanish language, known as Puerto Rican Spanish.

Puerto Ricans often proudly identify themselves as Boricua, derived from the Taíno word Boriken. The word Boriken translates to "the great land of the valiant and noble Lord".

The majority of Puerto Rican people adhere to Roman Catholicism. A small minority are evangelical Protestants.

Prayer Points

  • For God to reveal the truth of salvation through grace alone and not through acts of religious rituals.
  • That existing evangelical churches will recognize that Puerto Ricans are in need of hearing a message of grace through Jesus Christ.
  • That evangelical Puerto Ricans will obey the Great Commission, taking the message to the least reached Spanish speakers in North America and beyond.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Online Talking Bible - Spanish
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesNewarkNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNJ725,000
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA122,000
United StatesForest ParkChicago-Naperville-ElginIL103,000
United StatesSpringfieldSpringfieldMA51,000
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT42,000
United StatesTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON390
United StatesMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC290
United StatesVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC280