People Group Info
Total Population: 250,065ROP3 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
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
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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.
|Country||City||Metro Area Name||State / Prov.||Baseline Population|
|United States||Queens||New York-Newark-Jersey City||NY||118,166|
|United States||York Town||Washington-Arlington-Alexandria||MD||23,908|
|Canada||Danforth Village||Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton)||ON||23,400|
|United States||Houston, Sugarland||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land||TX||15,000|
|United States||Atlanta||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell||GA||8,753|
|United States||La Habra||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim||CA||7,287|
|United States||Richardson||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington||TX||6,272|
|United States||Austin||Austin-Round Rock||TX||1,000|
|United States||Louisville||Louisville/Jefferson County||KY||500|
|United States||Little Rock||Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway||AR||113|