A Bangladeshi New Yorker has been accused of trying to carry out a terrorist plot: a car bomb attack on the Federal Reserve building.
This got us looking at the Bangladeshi community overall. Not because there is any apparent connection between the alleged terrorist, Quazi Nafis, and the community — simply because it’s a relatively under-reported community and is suddenly finding itself in the spotlight.
The big takeaway is that this is one of the city’s fastest-growing ethnic groups.
- Between 2000 and 2010, the community grew by 119%
- As of the 2010 Census count, there were 61,788 Bangladeshis in the city
- The overall population places it well ahead of the Pakistani population, and just behind the Filipino community
- Queens has by far the most Bangladeshis of any borough: 38,341