Special Report

The Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Language in Each State

Source: jerryhopman / Getty Images

31. New Mexico
> Most popular language: Navajo
> Residents who speak Navajo at home: 61,794
> Navajo-speaking population: 3.0%

Like Arizona, the 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. In New Mexico, 5.25% of residents have American Indian ancestry, and 3.0% of people speak Navajo.

Source: TomasSereda / Getty Images

32. New York
> Most popular language: Chinese
> Residents who speak Chinese at home: 412,971
> Chinese-speaking population: 2.1%

New York is home to the second-largest Chinese-speaking population in the nation. Nearly 413,000 people in the state speak Chinese, or 2.1% of the state’s population. Some 608,000 people have Chinese ancestry..

Source: SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images

33. North Carolina
> Most popular language: Arabic
> Residents who speak Arabic at home: 28,396
> Arabic-speaking population: 0.3%

North Carolina is one of six states where Arabic is the leading foreign language after Spanish. At least 2,075 state residents can trace their ancestry to one of several Arabic-speaking countries, far fewer than the 28,396 residents who speak the language currently.

Source: rruntsch / Getty Images

34. North Dakota
> Most popular language: German
> Residents who speak German at home: 6,104
> German-speaking population: 0.8%

While just over 6,100 North Dakota residents speak German at home, over 31% of people in the state have German ancestry. German is the leading foreign language after Spanish, with 0.8% of the population speaking it — 1 percentage point less than the 1.8% who speak Spanish.

Source: aceshot / iStock

35. Ohio
> Most popular language: Arabic
> Residents who speak Arabic at home: 49,343
> Arabic-speaking population: 0.4%

Approximately 1.3 million people in the U.S. speak Arabic. Of the 11.6 million people who live in Ohio, 49,343 speak Arabic at home, or 0.4% of the state’s population.