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Bengali Americans

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bengali Americans
Total population
375,143 [1] (~.01% of U.S. population)
Regions with significant populations
New York City, Central Los Angeles[2]
American English, Bengali
Predominantly Islam and Hinduism; small minorities of 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 ethnolinguistic region of Bengal in South Asia (now divided between Bangladesh and India). Bengali Americans are also a subgroup of Bangladeshi Americans and Indian Americans. Bengalis are also classified under Bangladeshi Americans.

[3] Significant immigration of Bengalis to the United States started after 1965.

Bengali Americans may refer to:


Many Bengali Americans participate in an annual conference, the North American Bengali Conference, in order to celebrate their culture and discuss issues the community faces. They often form regional organizations to network and plan events.


Bengali Americans are mostly adherents of either Islam or Hinduism. This is manifested in the yearly celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, Durga Puja and other religious celebrations. Several secular holidays are also enjoyed by the whole community, such as the Bengali new year, Pohela Boishakh.

Notable people

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


  1. ^ ACS 1-Year Estimates
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Bengali speakers to be counted in US census".
  4. ^ "In Memoriam Kali S. Banerjee". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  5. ^ "16 faculty members, 18 alumni elected to nation's historic academies". The Princetonian. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  6. ^ "News at Old Dominion University". Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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