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Map Shows Most Popular Language in Each State Besides English and Spanish

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We all know that English and Spanish are the two most commonly spoken languages in the United States, but what are the others?

This map created by Ben Blatt, of Slate, shows the most common languages in every state after English and Spanish. To create the map, Blatt examined data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which, in part, gathers information about the languages most commonly used in American households. Survey participants are given a blank box to write in their language rather than choose from a list of languages. For more information about how Blatt compiled each language, check out Blatt’s full article here.

So what’s the most commonly spoken language other than English or Spanish in your state? [Click here to enlarge the map]

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The map shows some interesting patterns. For instance, the German language is popular throughout the Heartland and the American West. Vietnamese is a common household language in Texas and Oklahoma, and Polish is spoken in Illinois.

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Map Shows Most Popular Language in Each State Besides English and Spanish