Special Report

The Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Languages in Each State

46. Virginia
> Most popular language: Vietnamese
> Residents who speak Vietnamese at home: 63,411
> Vietnamese-speaking population: 0.8%

Similar to the other states that have Vietnamese as the most popular spoken foreign language, the number of people who speak the language in Virginia versus the number of people who have ancestry is almost exactly equivalent. The difference is only 4,022 people, but both numbers are about 0.8% of the population.

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47. Washington
> Most popular language: Tagalog
> Residents who speak Tagalog at home: 62,201
> Tagalog-speaking population: 0.9%

The third and final state to have Tagalog as the most popular spoken foreign language is Washington, with almost 1% of the population speaking it at home. Close to 1.8 million U.S. residents speak Tagalog at home, making it one of the most commonly spoken foreign languages in the country.

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48. West Virginia
> Most popular language: German
> Residents who speak German at home: 4,934
> German-speaking population: 0.3%

About 13.3% of West Virginia’s population has German ancestry, which is an entire 13 percentage points higher than the percentage of people who speak German at home.

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49. Wisconsin
> Most popular language: Hmong
> Residents who speak Hmong at home: 45,776
> Hmong-speaking population: 0.8%

Wisconsin, like its fellow midwesterner Minnesota, has the most Hmong speakers above any other foreign language, aside from Spanish.

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50. Wyoming
> Most popular language: German
> Residents who speak German at home: 1,643
> German-speaking population: 0.3%

Rounding up the pack is Wyoming, where 0.3% of the population speaks German at home, a huge difference from the 17.4% of the population who have (likely quite distant) German ancestry.