Bengali Americans

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Bengali Americans
Total population
Regions with significant populations
New York City[1]
American English, Bengali
Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism
Related ethnic groups
Bangladeshi Americans, Indian Americans

Bengali Americans (Bengali: মার্কিন বাঙ্গালী) are Americans of Bengali ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage and identity. They trace their ancestry to the historic ethno-linguistic region of Bengal in South Asia (now divided between Bangladesh and India). Bengali American usually refers to Bengali Muslims, Bengali Hindus, Bengali Buddhists, Bengali Jains, and Bengali Christians. Bengali American are also a subgroup of Bangladeshi Americans and Indian Americans. Bengali Muslims are also classified under Bangladeshi Americans, or American Muslim.

United States has the largest population of Bengali Hindus outside of Asia and second-largest population of Bengali people outside of Asia after the United Kingdom. The highest concentration of Bengali Americans is in New York City Metropolitan Area, with California, New Jersey, Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and Florida being other states with high concentration of Bengali Americans in that particular order.[2] Almost half of the Bengali Hindus in the US are in California. California as a subnational division has the largest concentration of Bengali Hindus outside of Asia. New York City has the largest metropolitan Bengali population outside of India, Bangladesh, and England.[3] Significant immigration of Bengalis to the United States started after 1965.

Bengali Americans may refer to-

Notable people[edit]

Sears Tower (now Willis Tower), was designed by Fazlur Rahman Khan. It was the tallest building in the world for over two decades.


  1. ^ "More Foreign-Born Immigrants Live In NYC Than There Are People In Chicago". Huffington Post. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015. Over 40 percent of the United States' Bengali population lives in New York City.
  2. ^ "Bengali speakers by state".
  3. ^ "Bengali speakers to be counted in US census".
  4. ^ "In Memoriam Kali S. Banerjee". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  5. ^ "News at Old Dominion University". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)