Bengali Americans

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Bengali Americans
Total population
375,143 (~.01% of U.S. population)
Regions with significant populations
New York City, Central Los Angeles
American English, Bengali
Predominantly Islam and Hinduism; small minorities of Christianity, Buddhism
Related ethnic groups
Bangladeshi Americans, Indian Americans

Bengali Americans (Bengali: মার্কিন বাঙ্গালী) are Americans of Bengali ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage and identity. They trace their ancestry to the historic ethnolinguistic region of Bengal in South Asia (now divided between Bangladesh and India). Bengali Americans are also a subgroup of Bangladeshi Americans and Indian Americans. Bengalis are also classified under Bangladeshi Americans.

Significant immigration of Bengalis to the United States started after 1965.

Bengali Americans may refer to:


Many Bengali Americans participate in an annual conference, the North American Bengali Conference, in order to celebrate their culture and discuss issues the community faces. They often form regional organizations to network and plan events.


Bengali Americans are mostly adherents of either Islam or Hinduism. This is manifested in the yearly celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, Durga Puja and other religious celebrations. Several secular holidays are also enjoyed by the whole community, such as the Bengali new year, Pohela Boishakh.

Notable people

Sears Tower (now Willis Tower), was designed by Fazlur Rahman Khan. It was the tallest building in the world for over two decades.