Kannada of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 47,645

ROP3 Code: 104555
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kannada
Language: Kannada - (kan)
Religion: Hinduism
Country of Origin: India

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 10,700

  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - 9,800

  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, MD - 4,900

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 3,700

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 2,500

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Brief Profile

The majority of Kannada people in North America originated from the Karnataka state. There are large Kannada communities in various larger metro areas in North America. At present, there are about twenty Kannada associations, or Kannada Koota. Two larger Kannada associations are the Association of Kannada Kootas of America (AKKA) and the North America Vishwa Kannada Association. Both reinforce and maintain their unique Kannada identity.

They speak the Kannada language. Kannada (also called Kanarese) is a language of the Dravidian family. It is spoken in southwestern India, and is the official language of the state of Karnataka. In addition to having several regional dialects, Kannada has three social dialects (Brahman, non-Brahman, and Harijan [Untouchable]). A so-called “diglossia” (or dichotomy) exists between the formal literary Kannada and the informal, colloquial version. Kannada’s alphabet is closely related to that of the Telugu language

In India, many well-known actors on Bollywood movies are Kannada. Often their skin color is lighter than other South Asian Indian people. Their "spring festival" is a very popular event and attracts the best musicians, dancers and cultural artists from across India. The Kannada in the United States celebrate this festival in similar fashion.

Prayer Points

  • Pray evangelical Kannada will cross-cultures to engage near culture people groups and other unreached people groups residing in the United States.
  • Pray evangelical Kannada will boldly share their faith in Christ.
  • Pray evangelical Kannada will receive the needed training to be disciple-makers of all people.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesFlushingNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY10,700
United StatesSan JoseSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA9,800
United StatesEast RiverdaleWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaMD4,900
United StatesLombardChicago-Naperville-ElginIL3,700
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX2,500
United StatesIrvingDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX2,300
United StatesLa MiradaLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA1,370
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC375
United StatesCincinnatiCincinnati-MiddletownOH50
United StatesJefferson CityJefferson CityMO15

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