People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Chilean of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 169,135

ROP3 Code: 102113
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Hispanic
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Chile

Photo courtesy of Joshua Project. By Anonymous

Majority Located Where

  Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL - 13,290

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 10,730

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 10,693

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 7,520

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 2,000

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Brief Profile

Chileans are immigrants from the multi-ethnic South American nation of Chile. In Chile, as in other Latin American countries, the mixture of Spanish colonists with local indigenous people groups and other ethnic groups was the norm rather than the exception. The ethnic and racial self-identities of Chileans are highly fluid and can differ between persons of the same family, including siblings of the same parentage.

The majority of Chilean immigrants to North America have come in the last 25 years. Many Chileans left the country during the the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Many of the Pinochet-era immigrants were from the middle or upper class and arrived with advanced educations and well-developed skills. They had contacts with other Chilean exiles and a common sense of identity from their shared commitment to a democratic Chile. After a period of adjustment, many of them were able to pursue skilled jobs or professions.

Since 1990, there has been another major wave of immigrants to the USA as many Chileans have come in search of economic or academic opportunity. Chilean Americans have been recognized for their excellence in the arts and as entrepreneurs, scientists and journalists. Chileans speak Spanish, and the majority are Roman Catholic, although there are sizable numbers of Protestant Christians.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the gospel to continue to spread in the Chilean community.
  • Pray for God to raise up Christian leaders from within the Chilean community to work in the harvest.
  • Pray for Christians in the Chilean community to start new churches and ministries.

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Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesHialeahMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFL13,290
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC10,730
United StatesPort WashingtonNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY10,693
United StatesLALos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA7,520
United StatesRichmondHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX2,000
United StatesWoodstockChicago-Naperville-ElginIL1,775
United StatesWest Valley CitySalt Lake CityUT1,403
United StatesMillersvilleBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD1,357
United StatesCupertinoSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA1,336
United StatesRichardsonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX1,200
United StatesMilwaukiePortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR858
United StatesAlbuquerqueAlbuquerqueNM433
United StatesAllentownAllentown-Bethlehem-EastonPA417
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX400
United StatesPittsPittsburghPA323
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX200
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN169
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC69
United StatesJefferson City Jefferson CityMO40