The Top Most Common Spoken Languages in the United States Besides English

To little surprise, English is the most widely spoken language in the United States, with 40.5 million speakers in 46 states and the District of Columbia as of 2016. So what about the other diverse languages? Isn’t it true that not everyone in the United States speaks simply English and Spanish?

While many people who speak a foreign language are also fluent in English, 8% of the US population (25.1 million) is classified limited English proficiency. This means they speak English less than “very well” and will almost certainly require interpretation assistance when communicating critical information. Fortunately, this population, as well as the organizations and businesses that serve them, can communicate in seconds thanks to language interpretation services.

US languages

Every year, the US Census Bureau conducts their American Community Survey where they ask more than 1 million Americans questions about their lives, families, and backgrounds. One question in particular: “What language do you speak in your home?” Below are the languages spoken in homes (in no order) in the US besides English and Spanish including an estimated number of speakers: 

 

  • Aleut-Eskimo languages are spoken in 1 state (Alaska), 23,665 speakers. 
  • Somali is spoken in 1 state (Minnesota) ,160,940 speakers. 
  • Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Sioux languages are spoken in 1 state (South Dakota), 17,023 speakers.
  • Gujarati is spoken in 1 state (New Jersey), 419,964 speakers
  • Ilocano is spoken in 1 state (Hawaii), 92,955 speakers
  • Hmong is spoken in 1 state (Wisconsin), 232,161 speakers
  • Nepali is spoken in 1 state (Nebraska), 202,218 speakers
  • Pennsylvania Dutch is spoken in 1 state (Pennsylvania), 179,336 speakers
  • Polish is spoken in 1 state (Illinois), 512,332 speakers
  • Tagalog is spoken in 2 states (California and Nevada),  1,753,712 speakers
  • French or Haitian Creole is spoken in 2 states (Florida & Delaware), 900,596 speakers
  • Navajo is spoken in 2 states (New Mexico & Arizona), 166,856 speakers
  • Arabic is spoken in 3 states (West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan), 1,229,949 speakers
  • Korean is spoken in 3 states (Virginia, Alabama, Georgia), 1,104,145 speakers
  • Portuguese is spoken in 3 states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island), 763,340 speakers
  • Chinese is spoken in 5 states (New York, Washington, Arkansas, Missouri, Utah), 2,155,939 speakers
  • Vietnamese is spoken in 6 states (Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kansas, Iowa, Mississippi), 1,527,371 speakers
  • French is spoken in 6 states (Louisiana, North Carolina, Maryland, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire), 1,184,736 speakers
  • German is spoken in 9 states (Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina), 905,326 speakers

It’s interesting, right? It’s not so often you would have someone walk into your hospital speaking Aleut languages, but believe it or not, it DOES happen. So what do you do in a situation like this? You result to interpreting. Thanks to Boostlingo, we offer video interpretation services that enable communication within minutes.