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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.
Telugu people now constitute one of the largest groups 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.
The vast majority of Telugu Americans are Hindu, with significant Christian and Muslim minorities.
The Telugu community in the United States is largely bilingual. 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:
- New Jersey (0.35%)
- Delaware (0.25%)
- Virginia (0.25%)
- Connecticut (0.18%)
- Illinois (0.17%)
- Texas (0.16%)
- California (0.15%)
- Maryland (0.15%)
- Georgia (0.14%)
- New Hampshire (0.13%)
- Washington (0.13%)
- Massachusetts (0.13%)
- Kansas (0.13%)
- Michigan (0.12%)
- Minnesota (0.11%)
- North Carolina (0.10%)
- Arizona (0.10%)
- Pennsylvania (0.09%)
- Ohio (0.07%)
Notable Telugu Americans
Government, Politics and Philanthropy
- Usha Reddi - Democratic mayor of Manhattan, Kansas 2016 - 2017 and 2020
- Surya Yalamanchili - Democratic nominee who ran for Congress in Ohio's 2nd congressional district in 2010.
- Saira Sameera Rao - Democratic nominee who ran for Congress for Colorado's 1st congressional district
- Upendra J. Chivukula - Democratic politician who currently serves as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities after serving more than 12 years in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he had been the Deputy Speaker.
- Aruna Miller - Democratic politician and a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 15 in Montgomery County, Maryland
- Manga Anantatmula - Republican nominee who ran for Congress for Virginia's 11th congressional district
- Sunny (Suneetha) Chaparala - Republican Primary candidate to represent Texas' 24th Congressional District (lost)
- Vinai Thummalapally - Executive Chairman of Red Fort Strategies, U.S. ambassador to Belize (2009 - 2013)
- Kris Kolluri - New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation
- Narayana Kocherlakota - An Economist, Former president of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
- Sashi Reddy - Entrepreneur, venture capitalist and a philanthropist
- Daniel Bethapudi - General Manager of Georgetown Utilities in Georgetown, Texas
Medicine, Science and Technology
- C. R. Rao (Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao) - Mathematician, statistician, considered one of the top 10 Indian scientists of all time. Most reputed and oldest of Telugus settled in the US
- Dr. Malireddy Srinivasulu Reddy (M. S. Reddy) - World renowned applied microbiologist
- Satya Nadella - Microsoft CEO
- Shantanu Narayen - President and CEO of Adobe Systems
- Raj Reddy - Computer scientist, founder of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, winner of Turing Award
- Vijaya Gadde - Business executive and global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety at Twitter
- Aparna Chennapragada - VP, Google Lens & AR at Google
- Padmasree Warrior - Former Chief Executive Officer of NIO (car company)
- Arvind Krishna - Chairman and Chief executive officer (CEO) of IBM since 2021
- Yellapragada Subbarao - Indian biochemist who discovered the function of adenosine triphosphate as an energy source in the cell
- Neeli Bendapudi - President of University of Louisville
- Ravi V. Bellamkonda - Vinik Dean of Engineering Duke University Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School of Engineering
- Dabeeru C. Rao - Director of the Division of Biostatistics at Washington University School of Medicine
- G. S. Maddala - Mathematician and economist best known for work in the field of Econometrics
- J. N. Reddy - Professor and holder of the Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University
- Satya N. Atluri - Professor of mechanical & aerospace engineering at University of California, Irvine
- Balamurali Ambati - American ophthalmologist, educator, and researcher. On May 19, 1995, he entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's youngest doctor.
- Vamsi K Mootha - Physician-scientist and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor of Systems Biology and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
- Rao Remala - First Indian employee at Microsoft
- Ashok Vemuri - Business executive, and Board of Director for Financial Policy and Public Responsibilities at Kroger.
- E. Premkumar Reddy - Molecular biologist/Molecular oncology. Director of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics program and Professor in the Departments of Oncological Sciences and Structural and Chemical Biology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
- Srikanth Mallavarapu - Associate professor at Roanoke College
- Patanjali Kambhampati - Canadian American chemistry professor at McGill University
- V. Mohan Reddy - Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Stanford University
- Mathukumalli Vidyasagar - Control theorist
- Dattatreyudu Nori - Vice Chairman of the Radiation Oncologist Department at The New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City
- Sirisha Bandla - Second India-born woman to go to space through Virgin Galactic Unity 22 mission
- Ramani Durvasula - Clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Her practice and research deals with narcissism and its impact on society.
Activism, Arts, Literature, & Media
- Samina Ali, Author, feminist, activist
- Rishi Reddi, Author
- Bhargavi Mandava, Author
- Vijaya Lakshmi Emani, Social activist, posthumously awarded Presidential Citizens Medal
- Saagar Enjeti, Co-host of Breaking Points, The Hill
- Uma Pemmaraju, Anchor and host on the Fox News Channel cable network
- Aneesh Chaganty, Film Director
- Akash Vukoti, TV Personality
- Hari Kondabolu, Stand-up comedian
- Siddharth Katragadda, Screenwriter, Film Director, Poet, Writer, Painter
- Ashok Kondabolu, DJ, rapper, former member of hip-hop group Das Racist
- Aparna Nancherla, comedian, actress, and voice actor of Hollyhock on Netflix show BoJack Horseman
- Raja Kumari, Singer
- Sarayu Rao, Actress
- Ajay Naidu, Actor
- Adivi Sesh, Actor, director, writer
- Varun Sandesh, Actor
- Pratima Yarlagadda, Miss Indiana and finalist in Miss USA (1999)
- Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014
- Shobu Yarlagadda, Environmental engineer and film producer
- Laxmi Poruri, Tennis player
- Nihar Janga, 89th Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion, 31st National Geographic Bee champion
- Saket Pochiraju, International Geography Bee World Champion, North South Foundation Senior Geography Bee National Champion, 30th National Geographic Bee tied-8th place
- Akhil Rekulapelli, 26th National Geographic Bee Champion, 25th National Geographic Bee 4th place
- 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.
- Lakshminivasa Nerusu - Convicted murderer, charged for first degree murders of 37-year-old wife Jayalakshmi, 14-year-old daughter Tejasvi, and 12-year-old son Siva on June 12, 2014.
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.