The Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Languages In Each State

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Kansas
> Most popular language: Vietnamese
> Residents who speak Vietnamese at home: 12,800
> Vietnamese-speaking population in Kansas: 0.47%
> Kansas’s total population: 2,910,652

Excluding Spanish, the most commonly spoken foreign language in Kansas is Vietnamese. However, only nearly 0.5% of the population speak Vietnamese compared with the 7.8% who speak Spanish.

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Kentucky
> Most popular language: German
> Residents who speak German at home: 13,487
> German-speaking population in Kentucky: 0.32%
> Kentucky’s total population: 4,449,052

German is the most commonly spoken foreign language in the Bluegrass State, after Spanish, but only 0.32% of the population speak it. Germans are one of the oldest immigrant groups to come to Louisville, the state’s largest city, arriving there more than 200 years ago.

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Louisiana
> Most popular language: French (incl. Cajun)
> Residents who speak French (incl. Cajun) at home: 84,940
> French-speaking population in Louisiana: 1.95%
> Louisiana’s total population: 4,664,362

Considering the state’s history, not surprisingly, French is the most commonly spoken foreign language in Louisiana. Does Mardi Gras ring any bells?

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Maine
> Most popular language: French (incl. Cajun)
> Residents who speak French (incl. Cajun) at home: 34,473
> French-speaking population in Maine: 2.71%
> Maine’s total population: 1,335,492

Maine, which shares a border with the French-speaking part of Canada, is home to quite a few French speakers — about 2.71% of residents speak the language at home. When removing Spanish from the equation, French is the leading foreign language in four states.

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Maryland
> Most popular language: Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
> Residents who speak Chinese at home: 70,166
> Chinese-speaking population in Maryland: 1.24%
> Maryland’s total population: 6,018,848

Of Maryland’s 6 million residents, some 70,000 speak forms of Chinese — about 1.24% of the population. Chinese is the leading foreign language behind Spanish. A total of 8.3% of state residents speak Spanish at home.

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