Bengali Americans are Americans who can trace their ancestry to the region of Bengal in South Asia. This region comprises the Indian state of West Bengal and the country Bangladesh. Bengalis form a heterogeneous ethnic group which shares a common language and a similar culture. In the United States, Bengalis often fall under the broader category of Indian American or, even more broadly, South Asian American. Bengali Americans can be further subdivided into Bangladeshi Americans and Bengali Hindus, although these two terms can overlap. Large communities reside in most major metropolitan areas of the United States, including those of New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Miami, and Dallas.
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