The U.S. Census announced this week that it has started counting the number of people who speak Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, and Bengali.
According to the census,
* Punjabi speakers: 2,80,867 (48% live in California)
* Bengali: 2,59,204 (39% percent live in New York)
* Telugu: 3,21,695 (California, Texas, New Jersey)
* Tamil: 2,38,699 (California, Texas, New Jersey)
Hindi is the most popular south Asian language spoken in the US: 7,40,000 people speak it.