The number of Telugus in America has nearly doubled since 2010 and now there are 400,000 Telugu Speakers in the US. Seven languages out of the top 10 fastest-growing languages in America, are from South Asia.
A research by an American Think Tank pronounced that Telugu is the fastest growing language in the US. Subsequently, the number of US inhabitants speaking Telugu has risen steeply by 86 per cent between 2010 and 2017, as stated by an online video by the World Economic Forum. Nevertheless, Telugu, the fourth most spoken language in India, is not amongst the top 20 of the most widely-spoken languages other than English in the US, reveals a BBC report. The video referred to a study by the US-based Centre for Immigration, which analysed census data to look at the pace at which languages were being spoken in America.
The study on languages spoken in the US used data from the American Community Survey and compared the number of people who said they spoke a language other than English at home in 2010 and 2017, the BBC revealed.
Prasad Kunisetty, the founder of the Telugu People Foundation, a non-profit organisation in the US, was quoted as saying that the escalation of Telugu speaking was associated to the links forged between Hyderabad and the US engineering and technology industries. The fast growth of IT in the mid-1990s led to a massive demand for software engineers, he said.
Many students from Hyderabad go to the US in large numbers and most of the IT employees enlisted were from these groups. The BBC claimed that all these years, the Telugu-speaking Americans have continuously hired software engineers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The current Microsoft CEO SatyaNadella and the first Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri are prominent US-based Telugu speakers.