Bengali of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 250,065

ROP3 Code: 101254
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bengali
Language: Bengali - (ben)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Bangladesh

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 118,166

  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, MD - 23,908

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 23,400

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 19,003

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 15,000

Click here to recommend other locations where this People Group resides.

Learn More

Brief Profile

Bengali migrated predominantly from Bangladesh but also from India. They began arriving in North America in large numbers since the early 1970s to become among the fastest growing ethnic communities since that decade.

They retain a strong people group identity but at the same time tend to blend into American culture. They also are well represented in the fields of medicine, engineering, business, finance and information technology. Their cuisine is well known in North America, and Bengali cuisine has been established as one of the most popular cuisines in the country with hundreds of Bengali restaurants in major cities along smaller cities and towns. One can also find many Bengali markets and stores.

They speak Bengali and many adhere to Islam. In smaller towns in America where there may not be mosques within easy access, they make trips to attend the nearest one on major religious holidays and occasions. However, most Bengali people reside in large urban centers where there are vibrant mosques.

Prayer Points

  • For Christians who teach English as a Second Language to become friends with the Bengali, reveal through their lifestyle what it means to have a personal relationship with God, and share the message of Jesus Christ as the intimate God.
  • For Christians to encounter Bengali people of peace who will then become followers of Jesus Christ and in turn begin making disciples among their own people.
  • That churches will catch a vision to embrace the Bengali people now in North America, and in so doing those Bengali who become followers of Jesus Christ will share the message of Christ with their family and friends in Bangladesh and India.


Global Recordings Network
Online Talking Bible - Bengali
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
Displaying 1-20 of 20 results.
StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesQueensNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY118,166
United StatesYork TownWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaMD23,908
CanadaDanforth VillageToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON23,400
United StatesDetroitDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI19,003
United StatesHouston, SugarlandHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX15,000
United StatesHatfieldPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA9,288
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA8,753
United StatesLa HabraLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA7,287
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC7,130
United StatesRichardsonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX6,272
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL2,717
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL1,357
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX1,000
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC750
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN600
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY500
United StatesRogersFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR400
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX160
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR113
United StatesTylerLongview-TylerTX105

© Copyright 2013 - 2020 International Mission Board, All Rights Reserved
Created by Eternal Interactive, LLC.
© Copyright 2013 - 2020 International Mission Board, All Rights Reserved
Created by Eternal Interactive, LLC.