Bengali Speaking People at a glance Bengali is one of the most spoken languages ranking fifth/sixth in the world. The Bengali people are an ethnic community native to the historic region of Bengal (now divided between Bangladesh and India) in South Asia. They speak Bengali (Bangla), (pronounced Bangali).
They are mostly concentrated in Bangladesh and the states of West Bengal and Tripura in India.
There are also a number of Bengali communities scattered across North-East India, New Delhi, and the Indian states of Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharastra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa.
There are significant Bengali communities beyond South Asia; some of the most well established Bengali communities are in the United Kingdom and United States.
Large numbers of Bengalis (mainly from Sylhet) have settled in Britain, mainly living in the East boroughs of London, numbering from around 300,000;
In the USA there are about 150,000 living across the country, mainly in New York
There are also millions living across the Gulf States, majority of whom are living as foreign workers.
There also many Bengalis in Malaysia, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Australia and many other countries.