The Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Languages In Each State

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Alabama
> Most popular language: Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
> Residents who speak Chinese at home: 9,715
> Chinese-speaking population in Alabama: 0.21%
> Alabama’s total population: 4,876,250

The Chinese population in Alabama increased by 48% between 2000 and 2010, the fourth largest increase for any single ethnicity, according to the state’s Public Health department. Today, residents who identify as Asian are concentrated in a few counties, including Jefferson, Madison, and Mobile.

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Alaska
> Most popular language: Other Native languages of North America
> Residents who speak other Native languages of North America at home: 28,880
> Other Native languages-speaking population in Alaska: 4.22%
> Alaska’s total population: 737,068

There are at least 20 different Native languages spoken in Alaska. The state is home to two of the most common Native language families in the world — Eskimo-Aleut and Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit. The Eskimo and Aleut are indigenous people native to some of the most northern parts of the globe.

Aleut has two dialects, and Eskimo consists of the Yupik and Inuit dialects, generally divided geographically, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Yupik is spoken in Siberia and southwestern Alaska, and Inuit in northern Alaska, Canada, and Greenland.

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Arizona
> Most popular language: Navajo
> Residents who speak Navajo at home: 86,304
> Navajo-speaking population in Arizona: 1.30%
> Arizona’s total population: 7,050,299

Arizona is one of two states where the leading foreign language, aside from Spanish, is Navajo. Native American Navajo people are also referred to as the Diné, meaning “the People” or “children of the people.” The Navajo Nation stretches over 27,000 square miles across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

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Arkansas
> Most popular language: Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or other Austronesian languages
> Residents who speak Austronesian languages at home: 6,692
> Austronesian languages-speaking population in Arkansas: 0.24%
> Arkansas’s total population: 2,999,370

Arkansas is one of two states where Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or other Austronesian languages are the most commonly spoken, aside from Spanish. Of the nearly 7,000 state residents who speak them at home, just over a third actually speak them “very well,” according to Statistical Atlas, a statistical data and analysis site.

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California
> Most popular language: Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
> Residents who speak Chinese at home: 1,245,965
> Chinese-speaking population in California: 3.38%
> California’s total population: 39,283,497

In California, 3.38% of the population speaks a Chinese language. The state is home to the largest Chinese-speaking population in the country.