We had a guest speaker in class today named John Mayer (not that one) come in and tells us about the cultural demographics of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Here are a few statistics:
- There are 706,000 people of diverse ethnicity in the Twin Cities; and over 200 different languages spoken.
- The Twin Cities has the largest concentration of Hmong, Karen, Liberian, and Somali populations in the United States.
- Minneapolis is the fastest growing sub-Saharan African city in the U.S. and is #3 in the Nation for new immigrants/refugees.
- There are roughly 141,000 Muslims, (many of which are Hispanic), and 96 Mosques in the Twin Cities.
- 25% of Muslims who convert to Christianity, go back to Islam because of “lack of relationship” found in Christian Churches.
- There are 65,000 Buddhists and over 60 Buddhist Temples in the Twin Cities area.
- There are 33,000 Hindus and 34 Hindu Temples in the Twin Cities. (The largest Hindu Temple in North America is within a 20 minute radius of the Cities).
- There are 2,500 Sikhs and 1 Temple in the Area.
- A sometimes forgotten people group: There are over 45,000 Deaf people in the Twin Cities, and less than 2% go to church.
- Half of the immigrants living in the Twin Cities area no longer live in the Cities, but in the Suburbs surrounding.
Be sure to check out City Vision’s website for more info.