New York City Superlatives

From a missions perspective, New York City’s dense diversity of ethnic groups, religions, and languages sets it apart as the most strategic city in the world for Christian missions.  Further, it’s connectivity to the rest of the world means the impact you have here can reverberate throughout the world!

Does that surprise you?  Learn about New York City’s 52 unreached people groups using the links to the right and read some of its superlatives below…



“The most ethnically diverse urban area in the world”

Queens, one of the 5 boroughs of New York City, is considered the most ethnically diverse urban area of the world with people from over 100 different countries in the world.1  Every other person you meet in Queens was born in a foreign country.2

2U.S. Census Bureau

With significant populations of people from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Indonesia and more, New York City’s rich diversity means that people from some of the hardest to reach people groups of the world could be your neighbors.  



“The most linguistically diverse city in the world.”

Language experts believe that over 800 languages are spoken in New York City.3,4 By far, that’s more than any other city in the world and almost as many as the most linguistically diverse country in the world, Papua New Guinea, which has 856.

3NY Times

4The Economist

The Gospel needs to be communicated in people’s heart languages.  You can learn the heart language of your target people group while in New York City.



“The most religiously diverse city in America.”

New York City has the highest percentage of Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish people of any city in America.5  Whether your target people group is Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Jain, Sikh, or Atheist you can get training in and reach people from your target religious bloc.

5CityLab (The Atlantic)

From the heart of Jackson Heights, Queens it’s less than a 15 minute walk or subway ride to a Muslim mosque, a Hindu temple, a Buddhist dharma center, a Jewish center, a Sikh gurdwara, and the Jain Center of America!



“One of only two Alpha++ global cities”

New York City shares the designation of an Alpha++ global city with London for having the most integrated economies with the rest of the world.

– A.T. Kearney