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The Most Commonly Spoken Foreign Language in Each State

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6. Colorado
> Most popular language: German
> Residents who speak German at home: 23,397
> German-speaking population: 0.4%

German is the most commonly spoken foreign language in 12 states. Ethnic Germans from Russia migrated to Colorado in the early 20th century to work sugar beet fields.

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7. Connecticut
> Most popular language: Portuguese
> Residents who speak Portuguese at home: 36,116
> Portuguese-speaking population: 1.0%

Portuguese is the leading foreign language in four states, including Connecticut. More than 41,500 state residents speak Portuguese, or about 1.2% of the state’s population.

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8. Delaware
> Most popular language: Chinese
> Residents who speak Chinese at home: 6,136
> Chinese-speaking population: 0.7%

Delaware is one of five states where the leading foreign language is Chinese. There are pockets of Chinese speakers in the towns of Hockessin and Newark.

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9. Florida
> Most popular language: Haitian
> Residents who speak Haitian at home: 413,064
> Haitian-speaking population: 2.0%

The Sunshine State is home to the largest Haitian-speaking population in the country. Of the nearly 900,000 people who speak Haitian in the U.S., just over 400,000 live in Florida. Haitian, or Haitian Creole, is one of the official languages of Haiti.

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10. Georgia
> Most popular language: Korean
> Residents who speak Korean at home: 47,855
> Korean-speaking population: 0.5%

Georgia is one of two states with Korean as the most commonly spoken foreign language, after Spanish. Georgia may have a larger Korean population because of the state’s close ties with Korea. The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Southeast U.S. Korean Chamber of Commerce, Korean American Chamber of Commerce, and Korean American Coalition are all located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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