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Welcome to ethNYcity

The 2010 Global Cities Index ranked NYC as the world’s top global city. At a time when technology has connected the entire world, New York’s large and diverse immigrant population coupled with its global influence make Metro New York one of the most strategic places at the most strategic time in history to “make disciples of all nations.” Consider this…

  1. If the members of unreached people groups living in Metro New York were collectively counted as a city, they would form the second largest city in the United States.
  2. There are over 2 million Jews in Metro New York, which makes up the 2nd largest Jewish population of any Metropolitan area in the world.
  3. There are over 800,000 Muslims in the New York City area. This means that 1 out of every 10 Muslims in the US live in the New York City area.
  4. Over 400,000 Hindus live in Metro NY with very little Gospel witness.
  5. NYC is home to some of the best universities in the US including Columbia University and NYU. Over 50,000 international students and scholars, many from unreached people groups and least evangelized countries, come here to study every year.
  6. There are over 650,000 Chinese living in Metro New York–the largest number of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere.
  7. Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the US and half of the people in Queens were born in another country. Around 60-65% of NYC is foreign-born or children of foreign-born.
  8. Approximately 800 languages are spoken in NYC making it one of, if not the most, linguistically diverse cities in the world. Over 48% of New York residents speak a language other than English in their homes.
  9. NYC serves as the American hub for East Asians, South Asians, West Africans, Caribbeans, South Americans, Russians, and others.

Trends indicate that by the year 2030 over 75% of the world’s population will live in major cities. Because cities are the influential centers, the effect of ministry to unreached people groups residing in these cities goes beyond the borders of the city into the world. The world’s demographics continue to change as people groups migrate and move into foreign international cities. Many of these people represent the influential thinkers and policy makers of their nations and networks. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to reach people with the gospel who can have a powerful voice to their own people and in their native lands. Enter into ethNYcity and enter into God’s plan for the world!

People Group of the Day

Ghanaians in Metro New York

Place of Origin: Ghana (primarily Kumasi and Accra)
Location in Metro New York: Bronx (Morris Heights, Highbridge, Tracey Towers, Parkchester); Queens (Lefrak City); New Jersey (Newark); Brooklyn (Flatbush)
Population in Metro New York: 100,000 (Community Estimate); 32,935 (ACS 2010 Total Ancestry Reported); 39,007 (ACS 2010 Born in Ghana)
Population in New York City: 19,274 (ACS 2010 Total Ancestry Reported); 23,008 (ACS 2010 Born in Ghana)
Primary Religion: Christianity (evangelical)
Secondary Religion: Islam
Status of Christian Witness: Greater than or equal to 10% evangelical.
Primary Languages: Twi, Ewe, Ga, Hausa, English

Significant Notes:

  • More Ghanaians live in Metro New York than any other metropolitan area in the United States. The only other metro area in the US with a comparable number of Ghanaians is around Washington, DC, which, according to the 2008 American Community Survey, has 19,199 people born in Ghana.
  • According to the CIA World Factbook, around 70% of Ghanaians in Ghana claim to be Christian. This number is most likely larger in Metro New York, as most emigration took place from highly Christianized south Ghana.

How To Pray: Although an overwhelming number of Ghanaians regularly attend church and claim to be Christian, there is little outreach done among other ethnic groups, such as the Muslim Hausa, and ethnocentricity is the source of much conflict. Pray for humility, unity, and a sense of mission.