Telugu Americans

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Telugu Americans
తెలుగు అమెరికన్లు
Total population
415,000
Regions with significant populations
Languages
Predominantly:
Religion
Predominantly: Minority:
Related ethnic groups

Telugu Americans are citizens of the United States of America who are of Telugu linguistic and ethnic origin from India, mostly from the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but also from the other states including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha etc. They are a sub group of Indian Americans.

Immigration to United States

In 2000, Telugu population in the U.S. numbered around 87,543. By 2014, the number surged to 222,977 and was 415,414 by 2017. The rise in Telugu population is attributed to the increasing representation of South Indian diaspora in technological field specially after Y2K. Brookings Institution Report revealed that Telugu states sent over 26,000 students between 2008 and 2012, most pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics or STEM fields.

Demographics

Telugu people now constitute one of the largest group of Indian Americans. The majority of Telugu Americans live in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Northern Virginia, central New Jersey, Texas Triangle, Chicago, and Southern California, with smaller but significant populations throughout the country in major metropolitan and micropolitan areas of almost every state.

Religion

The vast majority of Telugu Americans are Hindu, with significant Christian and Muslim minorities.[citation needed]

Language

The Telugu community in the United States is largely bilingual.[citation needed] A recent study by the US-based Center for Immigration Studies has shown Telugu as the fastest growing language in United States which has grown by 86% in the last seven years. During the 2020 United States elections, the Telugu language was first listed on voter registration and ballot boxes in select locales.

The U.S. states with the largest percentage of Telugu speakers are:

Notable Telugu Americans

Government, Politics and Philanthropy

Medicine, Science and Technology

Activism, Arts, Literature, & Media

Academic Competitions

Crime

  • Lakireddy Bali Reddy - Convicted felon, charged for sex trafficking, visa fraud, and tax code violations
  • Raghunandan Yandamuri - Convicted of the murder of 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna and 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on October 22, 2012. Yandamuri is not a US citizen.

Social issues

Telugu Americans have suffered from hate crimes in America. The most notable of these incidents was the 2017 Olathe, Kansas shooting, in which a white supremacist, Adam Purinton, harassed two Telugu immigrants, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, under the pretense that Kuchibhotla and Madasani were Iranians or illegal immigrants; later shooting them, killing Kuchibhotla and wounding Madasani as well as Ian Grillot, a white American who had come to the defense of Kuchibhotla and Madasani.

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