The Most Common Languages in US (Besides English and Spanish) May Surprise You


What’s the most common language in the US other than English? The answer, of course, is Spanish. But when you look at languages Americans speak besides English and Spanish, things get very interesting.

Ben Blatt of Slate used data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to map out the most common languages spoken in American homes. The map shows a greater diversity of languages across the country including German, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

Here’s a look at the map:

Blatt also mapped out common Native American languages, Scandinavian languages, Indo-Aryan languages (the dominant language group in the Indian subcontinent), and African languages.

Here is the Native American languages map:

Here is the Scandinavian language map:

Here is the Indo-Aryan languages map:

Here is the African languages map:


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