Bangladeshis

in north america

Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries of the world, having one-half of the population of the US living in an area the size of Arkansas. No wonder there are Bangladeshi people in cities spread out all over the world! Bangladesh is within the armpit of India and many see Bangladesh through these eyes due to its poverty, corrupt government, and yearly flooding. However, Bangladesh and the people of Bangladesh have much to offer. The beach in the Chittagong District of Bangladesh is the third-longest consecutive beach in the world. The world’s largest river delta is also in Bangladesh, and is formed by the Brahmaputra and the Ganges river. Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi banker and economist, was awarded the Noble Peace Prize. Bangladesh is also the biggest exporter of jute, the second most important vegetable fiber after cotton due to its versatility.

According to the World Migration Report, Bangladesh is the sixth-largest origin country for international migrants in the world, with at least 7.5 million Bangladeshis living outside of their country. According to the 2016 Canadian Census, 45,940 Bangladeshis make Canada their home with the largest population in Toronto. Bangladeshi Americans are one of the fastest-growing Asian-origin groups in North America with over 261,000. Large populations have settled in cities such as New York and Washington D.C. Immigrants from the Bengali region have been arriving in North America since 1887. Prior to independence in 1971, many Bengalis fled to the US to avoid political persecution, or to avoid religious discrimination. Since 1971, most have come due to overpopulation, natural disasters, and poverty. Bangladeshis tend to form ethnic enclaves within the North America cities where they settle in order to preserve their religion and cultural identity. While Bangla is the lingua franca among Bengalis, there are unique dialects of the language spoken by some Bangladeshis, such as the Sylhetti dialect spoken by people from the Sylhet District of Bangladesh.

Religious Life

Around 95% of Bangladeshis in North America identify as Muslim, with most of the rest being Hindu. Less than 1% of Bangladeshis identify as Christian, and most of these have been Christian-background for several generations and are largely disconnected from the Muslim population. There are, however, a growing number of Bangladeshi Muslim-background people who are becoming Christians.

Bangladeshis often identify more strongly with their religious identity than their nationalistic identity. The Bangla language can even differ greatly between Muslims and Bengalis from other religions. For example, Muslims have different Bangla words for kitchen, water, greeting one another, and almost all religious terms. The fifth-largest Muslim population in the world is Bangladeshi. Most Bangladeshi Muslims identify themselves with the Sunni sect but there is a small Shi’a community. Bishwa Ijtema is an annual gathering of Muslims outside the Bangladesh capital city of Dhaka and is the second-largest gathering of Muslims in the world after the Arba’een Pilgrimage in Iraq. Bishwa Ijtema participants surpass the worshipers that perform the Hajj in Saudi Arabia (which is one of the five pillars of Islam for Muslims). In North America, Bangladeshis outside of metropolitan areas often practice their religious beliefs at home and make special trips to Bengali communities during religious holidays. In metropolitan cities, Muslims in the Bangladeshi community hold religious services within their own mosques, or even in large, outdoor venues for events such as Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan, their fasting month.

These are the Bangladeshi communities in North America most in need of gospel witness

 
People GroupMetropolitan AreaPopulation SizeConcentrated AreaPriority Score
AfghanHouston9,850Gulfton48
AfghanLos Angeles16,719Irvine57
AfghanNew York9,871Flushing (Queens)49
AfghanSacramento21,673Elk Grove69
AfghanSan Diego7,189El Cajon58
AfghanSan Francisco32,142Fremont69
AfghanSeattle6,994Kent54
AfghanToronto43,870Scarborough57
AfghanMontreal9,215Saint-Martin (Laval)59
AfghanVancouver7,980New Westminster51
AfghanWashington D.C.33,236Springfield73
Afghan Hindu/SikhNew York6,000Hicksville (Long Island)86
Algerian ArabMontreal54,635Little Maghreb71
BambaraNew York5,000Harlem69
BangladeshiNew York84,099Jamaica (Queens)41
BangladeshiDallas Fort Worth6,355Richardson47
BangladeshiDetroit11,087Hamtramck44
BangladeshiToronto23,400Danforth Village46
BangladeshiWashington D.C.11,798York Town (Arlington)48
BangladeshiLos Angeles7,362Little Bangladesh46
BangladeshiMontreal6,920Parc Extension48
BangladeshiPhiladelphia7,295Hatfield47
Belzer JewishNew York12,518Borough Park (Brooklyn)86
Bobover JewishNew York23,509Borough Park (Brooklyn)90
BosniakSt. Louis50,000Mehlville77
BosniakPhoenix10,000Glendale64
BosniakDetroit10,000Hamtramck64
BosniakUtica5,000Bleecker St.60
BosniakDes Moines10,000Merle Hay63
BosniakGrand Rapids10,000Kentwood63
BosniakJacksonville12,000Hogan65
BosniakNew York10,000Astoria (Queens)63
BosniakBowling Green5,000Morgantown Road60
BosniakToronto10,000Etobicoke61
BosniakAtlanta10,000Lawrenceville61
BosniakChicago70,000Northside82
Breslov JewishNew York5,000Boro Park86
Bukharan JewishNew York60,000Rego Park (Queens)74
Chabad Lubavitch JewishNew York27,103Crown Heights (Brooklyn)91
Egyptian ArabLos Angeles23,765Anaheim40
Egyptian ArabMontreal8,733Saint-Laurent27
Egyptian ArabToronto36,340Mississauga45
Egyptian ArabNew York52,324Astoria (Queens)46
Egyptian ArabDallas Fort Worth5,621Richardson30
Egyptian ArabChicago8,276Hickory Hills25
Egyptian ArabNashville6,912South Nashville31
Egyptian ArabWashington D.C.9,633Lanier Heights24
Egyptian ArabPhiladelphia5,249Center City33
Fouta TooroCincinnati5,000Lockland75
Fouta TooroNew York7,600Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn)78
Fulbe FutaNew York5,000Morrisania (Bronx77
Gerer JewishNew York8,791Borough Park84
Gorsky-Kavkazi JewishNew York10,000Kensington (Brooklyn)89
GujaratiNew York141,827Edison (NJ)70
GujaratiToronto87,570Brampton62
GujaratiSan Francisco90,627Fremont58
GujaratiLos Angeles39,870Woodbury45
GujaratiChicago44,490Georgetown43
GujaratiAtlanta25,782Big Creek52
GujaratiHouston29,100Sugar Land 62
GujaratiDetroit19,249Farmington55
GujaratiMontreal7,830Dollard-Des Ormeaux56
GujaratiBoston24,962Town of Acton60
GujaratiRaleigh9,118Shiloh45
GujaratiCharlotte8,000Mallard Creek46
GujaratiCalgary5,575Horizon52
GujaratiEdmonton7,510Strathcona Industrial Park52
GujaratiAustin9,785Walsh Creek44
GujaratiSeattle21,134Inglewood48
GujaratiDallas Fort Worth37,791Plano48
GujaratiMiami10,189Plantation53
GujaratiSan Diego7,826Miramar49
GujaratiPhoenix11,006Chandler-Kirby Estates47
GujaratiTampa6,798Brandon51
GujaratiPortland5,227Rockcreek50
GujaratiSacramento12,677North Natomas50
GujaratiMinneapolis8,650Eden Prairie49
GujaratiPhiladelphia27,229Hatfield42
GujaratiOrlando8,345Willamsburg52
GujaratiColumbus, OH7,016Polaris37
GujaratiHartford6,019Rocky Hill49
GujaratiWashington D.C.43,674Calverton62
Gujarati Vancouver10,685South Vancouver58
Indian HindiNew York255,289Jersey City, Edison46
Indian HindiToronto207,780Etobicoke45
Indian HindiSan Francisco163,128Fremont43
Indian HindiChicago80,975Georgetown44
Indian HindiVancouver70,500South Vancouver39
Indian HindiHouston52,380Sugar Land37
Indian HindiLos Angeles71,766Artesia37
Indian HindiSacramento22,818Valley Hi/North Laguna45
Indian HindiBoston44,932Town of Acton55
Indian HindiMontreal14,950Parc Extension56
Indian HindiSeattle38,042Bellevue32
Indian HindiRaleigh16,413Morrisville46
Indian HindiDallas Fort Worth68,023Breckinridge Farms33
Indian HindiOttawa10,595Napean/Westboro56
Indian HindiEdmonton27,470SE Edmonton51
Indian HindiCharlotte14,400Mecklenburg41
Indian HindiPhoenix19,812Chandler-Kirby Estates55
Indian HindiMinneapolis15,570Edina50
Indian HindiAustin17,612Walsh Creek47
Indian HindiSan Diego14,086Miramar50
Indian HindiWinnipeg11,300Colony (Little India)53
Indian HindiCincinnati7,623Clifton Heights47
Indian HindiOrlando15,020Williamsburg 50
Indian HindiKitchener6,585West Mount36
Indian HindiCleveland8,911Glenwillow49
Indian HindiDenver9,958Sedalia52
Indian HindiPortland9,409Rockcreek44
Indian HindiTampa12,236Brandon52
Indian HindiMiami18,341Plantation55
Indian HindiBridgeport6,588Stamford53
Indian HindiHartford10,834Rocky Hill49
Indian HindiPittsburgh6,959Marshall Township48
Indian HindiRichmond6,554Three Chopt31
Indian HindiSt.Louis8,100Ballwin44
Indian HindiIndianapolis8,838Wayne Township51
Indian HindiMilwaukee6,162Brookfield58
Indian HindiColumbus, OH12,630Polaris36
Indian Hindi Atlanta36,842Big Creek35
Indian Hindi Alberta7,390Calgary 36
Indian Hindi Philadelphia49,012Eaglesville (Center City)58
Indian Hindi Detroit34,648Troy 56
Indian Hindi Washington D.C.78,613Ellicott city48
Indonesian MuslimLos Angeles7,500San Bernardino29
Iraqi ArabAtlanta10,532Clarkston38
Iraqi ArabAustin7,963Pflugerville43
Iraqi ArabBuffalo7,305North Park52
Iraqi ArabHouston11,914Mid-West41
Iraqi ArabSacramento5,173Arden-Arcade38
Iraqi ArabNew York8,443Astoria (Queens)47
Iraqi Arab Detroit68,626East Dearborn57
Iraqi Arab Chicago17,491Bridgeview53
Iraqi Arab Toronto29,045Vaughan47
Iraqi Arab San Diego25,923El Cajon57
Iraqi Arab Dallas Fort Worth11,319Richardson41
Iraqi Arab Phoenix19,457Jefferson at Steele Indian43
Iraqi Arab Seattle7,667South Seattle39
Iraqi Arab Washington D.C.9,685Lanier Heights42
Iraqi ArabVancouver5,205Surrey40
Israeli Sabra JewishToronto7,625North York49
Israeli Sabra JewishMiami12,299Plantation54
Israeli Sabra JewishNew York36,720Kew Gardens Hills (Queens)66
Israeli Sabra JewishChicago5,148Skokie47
Israeli Sabra JewishSan Francisco9,384Sunnyvale51
Israeli Sabra JewishLos Angeles18,885Pico Robertson & Fairfax60
Jordanian Arab MuslimNew York5,543Paterson39
Jordanian Arab MuslimChicago7,122Bridgeview40
JulaNew York5,000Harlem69
Kabyle BerberMontreal18,029Longue-Pointe48
KazakhNew York5,460Brighton Beach (Brooklyn)50
Kosovar AlbanianNew York40,000Pelham Parkway (Bronx)64
KurdsDallas Fort Worth6,500South Arlington52
KurdsNashville15,000Elysian Fields53
KurdsToronto5,445York50
Lebanese Arab MuslimDetroit33,099East Dearborn42
Lebanese Arab MuslimNew York20,901Paterson34
Lebanese Arab MuslimToronto29,750Mississauga34
Lebanese Arab MuslimLos Angeles18,893Monterey Park35
Lebanese Arab MuslimBoston22,539Somerville35
Lebanese Arab MuslimDallas Fort Worth5,671Richardson27
Lebanese Arab MuslimHouston6,622Mid West27
Lebanese Arab MuslimMiami7,622Upper Eastside47
Lebanese Arab MuslimMontreal10,731Saint-Laurent34
Lebanese Arab MuslimWashington D.C.9,239Woodley Park 33
MandinkaNew York5,000Highbridge (Bronx)81
ManinkaNew York5,000Concourse (Bronx)76
Persian Jewish (Mashadi)New York5,000Great Neck (Long Island)88
Moroccan ArabBoston10,968Malden45
Moroccan ArabLos Angeles7,272Central LA-Beverly Wood44
Moroccan ArabNew York41,356Astoria (Queens)57
Moroccan Arab Chicago5,961Bridgeview44
Moroccan ArabDetroit6,660Hamtramck37
Moroccan Arab Miami9,651Upper Eastside47
Moroccan Arab Philadelphia9,409Center City41
Moroccan Arab Washington D.C.15,634Brockwood49
Moroccan Arab Montreal77,450Little Maghreb74
Moroccan BerberMontreal12,524Little Maghreb67
Moroccan JewishToronto5,000North York83
Moroccan JewishMontreal10,000Hampstead64
Indo-Pak MuslimsToronto194,390East York51
Indo-Pak MuslimsNew York171,011Midwood (Brooklyn)50
Indo-Pak MuslimsHouston54,218Sugarland49
Indo-Pak MuslimsDallas Fort Worth43,274Breckinridge Farms47
Indo-Pak MuslimsSan Francisco74,602Diamond Heights45
Indo-Pak MuslimsWashington D.C.68,892Fairfax couty, Mt. Vernon48
Indo-Pak MuslimsChicago57,031Skokie36
Indo-Pak MuslimsLos Angeles43,766Central LA37
Indo-Pak MuslimsAlberta16,930Castleridge44
Indo-Pak MuslimsVancouver14,610Burnaby and Surrey48
Indo-Pak MuslimsMontreal15,920Parc Extension48
Indo-Pak MuslimsEdmonton12,275Blue Quill37
Indo-Pak MuslimsPhiladelphia25,830Delran34
Indo-Pak MuslimsSeattle17,439Meridian42
Indo-Pak MuslimsMiami12,668Miramar-Pimebrook Pines50
Indo-Pak MuslimsAtlanta20,769Roswell40
Indo-Pak MuslimsBoston20,368Cambridge44
Indo-Pak MuslimsSacramento14,165North Oak Park45
Indo-Pak MuslimsOrlando7,808Florida Center48
Indo-Pak MuslimsOttawa7,490Sandy Hill46
Indo-Pak MuslimsDetroit19,726Canton37
Palestinian Arab MuslimNew York15,364South Paterson (NJ)50
Palestinian Arab MuslimToronto15,555Mississauga50
Palestinian Arab MuslimChicago24,832Chicago Lawn52
Palestinian Arab MuslimDallas Fort Worth10,311Richardson38
Palestinian Arab MuslimDetroit7,584Livonia36
Palestinian Arab MuslimLos Angeles12,064Anaheim44
Palestinian Arab MuslimSan Francisco11,146Soma42
Palestinian Arab MuslimWashington D.C.7,220Lanier Heights38
PersianToronto97,110North York41
PersianLos Angeles127,713Tehrangeles43
PersianNew York30,520Great Neck (Long Island)33
PersianSan Francisco50,170San Mateo25
PersianVancouver44,355West Vancouver23
PersianSan Diego19,882La Jolla21
PersianMontreal23,410Notre Dame de Grâce24
PersianHouston14,742Woodlake/Briar Meadow21
PersianSeattle12,287Bellevue16
PersianChicago8,760Lincolnwood23
PersianCalgary8,570Sunalta23
PersianOttawa7,620Bayshore32
PersianBoston7,746Malden29
PersianAtlanta8,590Cobb10
PersianDallas Fort Worth13,939Plano21
PersianPortland6,672Pearl District22
PersianPhiladelphia5,760Gladwyne20
PersianPhoenix5,479Scottsdale20
Persian Washington D.C.30,426Tysons Corner26
Persian Sacramento8,100El Dorado Hills17
Punjabi SikhAtlanta6,445Norcross55
Punjabi SikhBakerfield, CA10,000Panama56
Punjabi SikhDallas Fort Worth5,815Irving50
Punjabi SikhFresno10,000Muscatel47
Punjabi SikhHouston8,184Willowbrook51
Punjabi SikhNew York80,000Richmond Hill (Queens)69
Punjabi SikhToronto159,910Brampton75
Punjabi SikhVancouver155,945Surrey65
Punjabi SikhSacramento50,000South Yuba City54
Punjabi SikhLos Angeles30,000Buena Park59
Punjabi SikhChicago11,123West Ridge58
Punjabi SikhDetroit10,000Canton56
Punjabi SikhIndianapolis10,000McCordsville55
Punjabi SikhPhiladelphia6,807Millbourne55
Punjabi SikhWashington D.C.8,618Fairfax47
Punjabi SikhSeattle20,000Kent67
Punjabi SikhEdmonton20,425Southeast Edmonton64
Punjabi SikhSan Francisco40,000Fremont71
Punjabi SikhWinnipeg9,885The Maples43
Punjabi SikhAbbotsford28,235Clearbrook49
Punjabi SikhHamilton5,920Grayside50
Punjabi SikhCalgary30,420Castleridge59
Punjabi SikhMontreal9,205Parc Extension57
Pupa JewishNew York8,825Williamsburg (Brooklyn)90
Sanzer JewishNew York7,006Borough Park88
Satmar JewishNew York156,744Williamsburg (Brooklyn)99
Skver JewishNew York17,678New Square (Rockland Cty)91
SomaliCalgary6,607Northeast Calgary63
SomaliColumbus, OH45,000Northland79
SomaliEdmonton23,505McCauley75
SomaliSeattle30,000SeaTac77
SomaliMinneapolis80,000Cedar-Riverside73
SomaliNashville5,000Southeast Nashville61
Somali Ottawa25,650Ridgemont75
Somali San Diego15,000City Heights72
SomaliToronto61,260Etobicoke78
SomaliVancouver5,048Newton60
Somali BantuToronto6,000Etobicoke86
Somali BantuColumbus, OH5,000West side85
SoninkeNew York15,000Highbridge (Bronx)85
SoninkeCincinnati5,000Westwood76
Sri Lankan SinhaleseToronto15,000Scarborough37
Sri Lankan SinhaleseNew York7,500Tompkinsville (SI)32
Syrian Arab MuslimNew York15,786Bay Ridge (Brooklyn)37
Syrian Arab MuslimMontreal7,275Ahuntsic-Cartierville38
Syrian Arab MuslimLos Angeles7,999Anaheim36
Syrian JewishNew York75,000Ocean Parkway (Brooklyn)96
Persian Jewish (Tehrani)Los Angeles40,000Beverly Hills88
Persian Jewish (Tehrani)New York20,000Great Neck (Long Island)86
ThaiNew York11,772Elmhurst (Queens)22
ThaiLos Angeles34,615East Hollywood (Thai Town)21
ThaiWashington D.C.11,759Shaw27
ThaiSan Francisco10,625Civic Center29
ThaiSeattle6,524University District24
ThaiChicago7,837Albany Park29
ThaiDallas Fort Worth5,467City Place19
ThaiLas Vegas5,743Paradise25
ThaiMiami5,296Edgewater27
TibetanNew York13,000Jackson Heights (Queens)77
TibetanToronto8,000West Parkdale74
TibetanMinneapolis5,000Northeast70
Tunisian ArabMontreal17,645Little Maghreb74
TurkAtlanta5,055Sandy Springs56
TurkBoston6,462North Brookline57
TurkChicago7,361Mount Prospect56
TurkToronto23,085Mississauga67
TurkMiami8,102Miami Beach56
TurkNew York41,367South Paterson (NJ)57
TurkHouston5,324Memorial Park56
TurkMontreal13,570Nouveau-Rosemont62
TurkPhiladelphia7,179Riverside (NJ)57
TurkSan Francisco12,810Sunnyvale59
TurkWashington D.C.12,918Fairfax 59
TurkLos Angeles11,500Culver City58
TurkVancouver5,185Richmond56
UzbekNew York32,999Brighton Beach (Brooklyn)37
Vizhnitz JewishNew York18,382Kaser (Rockland Cty)90
WolofNew York20,000Harlem81
Yemeni ArabNew York20,000Bay Ridge (Brooklyn)72
Yemeni ArabDetroit25,000Hamtramck72
Yemeni ArabSan Francisco10,000Oakland62
Yeshivish JewishChicago5,894West Rogers Park68
Yeshivish JewishMiami10,726North Miami Beach72
Yeshivish JewishWashington D.C.9,921Glen (Baltimore)70
Yeshivish JewishToronto16,000York75
Yeshivish JewishNew York120,000Lakewood (NJ)91
Yeshivish JewishLos Angeles13,600Hancock Park74
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Helpful resources for sharing Jesus with Bangladeshis
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Faith Comes by Hearing (Bible.is)Audio and written Bible in Muslim Bangla/Bengali.bible.is-thumbnail
The Prophets' StoryThis video presents the gospel in the Muslim Bangla language simply and quickly through the stories of the biblical prophets. prophets-story-thumbnail
IndigiTubeA variety of quality evangelistic videos for a variety of languages spoken by Bangladeshis. Resources include The Savior, Journey to Truth, Prophets' Story, etc.IndigiTube-logo-cropped
JESUS FilmThe Jesus Film and other gospel resource videos in the Bangla spoken by most Bengali Muslims.Jesus-film-thumbnail
JESUS FilmThe Jesus Film and other gospel resource videos in the Sylhetti Bangla language.Jesus-film-thumbnail
Mary Magdalena (Jesus Film)Mary Magdalena film in the Bangle spoken by most Bengali Muslims. This resource is very powerful among women.magdalena-thumbnail
Heavenly Book Introduction CourseThis Muslim Bangla course is for those who are familiar with Quran and want to know something about Torah, Psalms, and Injil Sharif. Bible-thumbnail
Bible ProjectWell-designed videos in Bengali that explain books of the Bible, key biblical words, biblical themes, and doctrine.Bible-Project-logo
Global Recordings NetworkAudio Bible stories and resources in Muslim Bangla.global-recordings-network-square
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    100,000 Yemenis

    Statistics Canada 2016 counted 6,645 people whose ethnic origin was Yemeni. The 2019 American Community Survey counted 58,627 people born in Yemen now living in the United States. Counting U.S.-born children and typical undercounts of Arabs in the census, it is safe to assume there are at least 100,000 Yemenis in North America. The Wikipedia article on Yemeni Americans claims "there are an estimated 100,000-200,000 Yemenis living in the United States as of 2018,” but no source is given for that statistic.

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    350,000 Bosniaks

    The Congress of Bosniaks of North America estimate 300,000 Bosniaks live in the United States and 50,000 in Canada.

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    300,000 Somalis

    The America Community Survey 2019 estimated 182,951 people reporting Somali ancestry in the United States. Statistics Canada 2016 estimated 62,500 people with Somali ethnic origin in Canada. Census figures tend to undercount groups like Somalis who are suspicious of government authorities and census takers. Community estimates of Somalis in the Greater Toronto and Edmonton areas alone number 100,000. An estimated 300,000 Somalis in North America is a conservative estimate, and their population number could be much higher.

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    670,000 to 1,000,000 Sikhs

    In the 2011 Statstics Canada census, 454,965 Sikhs were estimated to live in Canada. The United States does not count religious affiliation in its census, and the language of Punjabi is also spoken by Hindus and Muslims which makes "language spoken at home" a difficult category for measuring Sikhs. However, the 2012 Pew Religious Survey indicates 5% of Indian Americans are Sikh. The 2019 American Community Survey estimated 4,240,466 Asian Indians living in the United States, and 5% of that population equals 212,023. The Sikh America Coalition, however, estimates 500,000 Sikhs living in the United States. Therefore, low estimates of Sikhs in North America are around 670,000 people and high estimates are around one million.

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    400,000 Afghans

    The diversity of the people groups who identify as Afghans contributes to the difficulty of using census information to estimate the number of Afghans in North America. The American Community Survey 2019 counted 156,434 people in the United States with "Afghan" ancestry. However, some Afghans would identify their ancestry as Tajik, Pashtun, and so forth. Statistics Canada 2016 counted 83,995 people with Ethnic Origin as Afghan, 4,810 as Pashtun, 2,905 as Tajik, and 1,515 as Hazara. So, adding those number together gives a good idea of a low estimate of the number of Afghans in Canada. Allied Media Corporation, who has worked extensively with the Afghan American Community, estimates 300,000 Afghans live in the United States. With adding Canada's number, a reasonable estimate of Afghans in North America is 400,000 people.

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    Estimated 40,000 Kurds in the United States and 16,315 Kurds in Canada

    A 2019 BBC article estimated 40,000 Kurds in the United States, as did a much earlier NBC News Report. A 2009 Kurdish Herald aricle estimated 50,000 Iraqi Kurds were living in the United States. The estimates of Kurds we have found in various cities seem to coincide with the more conservative 40,000 number. However, many Kurds from Turkey mix into the Turkish population and are harder to identify. Statistics Canada 2016 estimated 16,315 people in Canada had a Kurdish Ethnic Origin.

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    Between 275,000 and 350,000 Turks living in North America

    The Turkish Coalition of America gives a conservative community estimate of 350,000 Turks in the United States. According to American Community Survey 2019, 212,489 Turkish people were estimated to live in the United States. Statistics Canada 2016 reported 63,966 with a Turkish ethnic origin.

     

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    1,100,000

     

    Pakistan makes up the largest single country of origin of Muslims in North America, with 769,000. 554,000 (2019 ACS) reside in the United States and 215,000 (2016 Census) in Canada.

    Statistically, it is estimated that 370,000 Indo-Pak Muslims in North America originated of Indian descent. 270,000 reside in the United States and 100,000 reside in Canada. A Pew Research study found that 10% of Indian descent in North America identify as Muslim. It is by using this 10% and total Indian population numbers that the Indo-Pak Muslims from India are calculated.

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    Estimated 66,000 Wolof in the United States

    According to ACS and the Senegalese-American Association estimates listed in articles in previous years, it is safe to assume there are at least 60,000 Wolof in North America. The previous population and community estimates within NYC have listed the Wolof population around 20,000 not including the Wolof that live in Chicago, Seattle, Raleigh, Montreal, etc. Information from Peoplegroups.org lists the population around 66,000. 

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    Approximately 972,000 Gujaratis call North America home

    20% of all Indians in the United States are from Gujarat state. According to the 2019 5-yr table ACS Census Data, there are 4,240,466 Indians in the United States. Statistically, there are approximately 848,093 Gujaratis in the United States. The 2016 Candian Census indicates that 124,030 speak Gujarati in the home. 

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