Today, more than 350 languages are spoken in the US and the number of people in the US who speak a language other than English continues to increase. That’s hardly surprising, given the ever-expanding diversity of language in the United States and the increasing trend toward bilingual households, but a few of the most common non-English languages spoken might surprise you.
According to the 2016 American Community Survey, a project of the United States Census Bureau, the following are the most popular non-English languages spoken in the United States.
10) Haitian Creole
Representing .86 million speakers in the US, Haitian Creole can be heard cities including New York, Boston, and Miami, among others. It is a French-based creole that blends 18th century French with influences from Portuguese, Spanish, English, Taíno, and West African languages.
Found primarily in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, German-speakers number .91 million.
The .91 million Russian-speakers in the US can be found in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, among other cities.
Speakers of Korean, located mainly in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and Chicago, have seen large growth over the last thirty years — they now number 1.1 million in the US.
You can find the 1.2 million people that comprise the US French-speaking population primarily in New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Miami.
The Arabic-speaking population in the US is larger than most people likely realize — especially in Dearborn, Michigan. As of 2016 a total of 1.2 million Arabic-speakers live in US.
There are 1.5 million speakers of Vietnamese found in Los Angeles, San Jose, Houston, and Dallas, among other cities.
This language from the Philippines boasts 1.7 million speakers in the US – slightly more than tripling its numbers in the last three decades. Speakers of Tagalog are concentrated mainly in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and San Diego.
3.4 million people speak a Chinese dialect such as Mandarin or Cantonese in the US. You’re most likely to find Chinese dialect-speakers in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.
With 40.5 million speakers, the number of Spanish-speakers in the US far exceeds any other language on this list. The highest concentrations of Spanish-speakers can be found in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and Chicago.
Were you surprised by any of the languages on this list? Let us know in the comments!