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Most popular languages in the U.S., besides English and Spanish (infographic)

Cantonese and Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Arabic are the most commonly spoken languages, if we don’t count English and Spanish.

Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau surveys over one million Americans, asking about their lives and families, including the language they mainly speak in their households.

English and Spanish are the most popular languages, but what happens if we exclude them, and focus on the rest?

A result is shown in the new infographic designed by the Visual Capitalist.

It turns out that Mandarin and Cantonese are the most common, with almost 3.5 million speakers across the country, out of 309 million people aged five and older. It’s over 11%, and it’s these languages are the most common in 17 states.

Tagalog, an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines, is popular only in Nevada. However, as many as 1.76 million people use it daily. It makes it the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S., when we don’t count English and Spanish.

The next places are taken by Vietnamese (1.57 million) and Arabic (1.26 million).

When it comes to European languages, the German is spoken in four states, but fewer people speak it daily compared to French. The latter language is also spoken in four states (Louisiana, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire), with 1.17 speakers.

Click or tap the infographic to see it enlarged.

Most popular languages in the USA - full infographic

Via The Visual Capitalist blog.

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