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

Status of Christianity


Engaged yet Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 71,000

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 17,340

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 10,000

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 7,900

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 7,130

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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.

Resources

Global Recordings Network
Online Talking Bible - Bengali
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesCliftonNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNJ71,000
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON17,340
United StatesHouston, SugarlandHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX10,000
United StatesDetroitDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI7,900
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC7,130
United StatesLa HabraLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA7,100
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA5,200
United StatesRichardsonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX4,800
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 StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX160
United StatesTylerLongview-TylerTX105