People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Telugu of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 207,205

ROP3 Code: 109930
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Telugu
Language: Telugu - (tel)
Religion: Hinduism
Country of Origin: India

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By John Tucker
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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 8,500

  Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA - 7,700

  Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD - 6,200

  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, VA - 6,100

  Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA - 5,900

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Brief Profile

The majority of Telugu people in the United States originated from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India. Population figures vary from over 100,000 to over 800,000. The 2010 US Census estimates 200,000. A conservative estimate is slightly over 200,000.

Telugu celebrate several important annual festivals all which follow the Hindu calendar, with Deepavali being in October or November. The majority of Telugu people are professionals such as doctors, biomedical scientists, businessmen, engineers, information technologists, entrepreneurs, pharmacists, professors, teachers, real estate developers and highly skilled workers.

The North American Telugu Association (NATA), formed in 2013, speaks to the fact of the growing Telugu population in the United States. This Association also reinforces Telugu identity by serving the Telugu in the United States with cultural and social activities from their homeland in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Prayer Points

  • Pray evangelical Telugu will boldly share their faith with Telugu speaking Hindus.
  • Pray evangelical Telugu will cross-cultures and cross-castes to share their faith with not only other South Asian people groups but also all peoples.
  • Ask God to work in the lives and hearts of Telugu to bring them to Christ.

People Group Resources

Hindu Gospel Storying Set
Back translation of the Bible studies developed for those with a Hindi-speaking and Hindu worldview.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Hinduism Beliefs
A belief bulletin by North American Mission Board on Hinduism.

Other Resources

Foundations for Teaching the Bible
Scripture lessons to help new believers from Hindu backgrounds examine their worldview.

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Online Talking Bible - Telugu
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesJersey CityNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNJ8,500
United StatesCummingAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA7,700
United StatesEllicott CityBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD6,200
United StatesHerndonWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaVA6,100
United StatesBurlingtonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA5,900
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX4,500
United StatesCaryRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC4,200
United StatesGrand PrairieDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX3,195
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC3,000
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX1,200
United StatesKnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN700
United StatesBirminghamBirmingham-HooverAL200
United StatesJefferson CityJefferson CityMO80
United StatesSt. CharlesSt. LouisMO50