The Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Languages In Each State

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Montana
> Most popular language: Other Native languages of North America
> Residents who speak other Native languages of North America at home: 6,981
> Other Native languages-speaking population in Montana: 0.71%
> Montana’s total population: 1,050,649

There are nine Native languages spoken in Montana, five of which — Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Cree, Crow, and Salish — have the highest share of speakers of those languages in the U.S..

Until recently, German was the most commonly spoken language in Montana after English and Spanish. German speakers from Russia moved to the eastern part of Montana in the early 20th century along railroad towns like Billings and Missoula. Today, German is the third most common spoken language after Native languages.

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Nebraska
> Most popular language: Vietnamese
> Residents who speak Vietnamese at home: 6,528
> Vietnamese-speaking population in Nebraska: 0.37%
> Nebraska’s total population: 1,914,571

Of the 1.9 million people living in Nebraska, about 6,500 speak Vietnamese, not even half a percentage of the population. Still, it is the most common foreign language in the state after Spanish.

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Nevada
> Most popular language: Tagalog (incl. Filipino)
> Residents who speak Tagalog (incl. Filipino) at home: 80,467
> Tagalog (incl. Filipino)-speaking population in Nevada: 2.89%
> Nevada’s total population: 2,972,382

Nevada is the only state where the most common foreign spoken language, not including Spanish, is Tagalog. Of the nearly 3 million residents in Nevada, and about 80,000 of them speak Tagalog, one of the languages spoken in the Philippines.

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New Hampshire
> Most popular language: French (incl. Cajun)
> Residents who speak French (incl. Cajun) at home: 18,153
> French-speaking population in New Hampshire: 1.41%
> New Hampshire’s total population: 1,348,124

French is the leading foreign language, after Spanish, in New Hampshire, although the difference is not very big. Just 2.4% of state residents speak Spanish, while 1.4% speak French. New Hampshire is one of four New England states that border Quebec, Canada’s French-speaking province.

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New Jersey
> Most popular language: Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
> Residents who speak Chinese at home: 119,447
> Chinese-speaking population in New Jersey: 1.43%
> New Jersey’s total population: 8,878,503
New Mexico done MA f/c
> Most popular language: Navajo
> Residents who speak Navajo at home: 64,953
> Navajo-speaking population in New Mexico: 3.30%
> New Mexico’s total population: 2,092,454

After Spanish, the next most commonly spoken foreign language in New Jersey, the most densely populated state, is Chinese. The Chinese immigrants first came to New Jersey in 1870, settling in Belleville.

Like Arizona, the most common spoken leading foreign language in New Mexico, after Spanish, is Navajo — the country’s largest Native American people. The Navajo Nation stretches over 27,000 square miles across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

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