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14 Maps That Show What Languages People Speak In The U.S.

The Census Bureau maps show the areas of the United States where large concentrations of people speak a language at home other than English.

Posted on August 6, 2013, at 3:09 p.m. ET

An interactive map released by the Census Bureau Tuesday tracks where in the country there is a high concentration of people who speak a language other than English at home. According to the data, 58% of U.S. residents age 5 and older speak English "very well" and also speak a language other than English at home.

Nearly two-thirds of people who speak a language other than English at home speak Spanish (37.6 million). The third most-spoken language is Chinese (2.9 million), followed by Tagalog (1.6 million), Vietnamese (1.4 million), French (1.3 million), German (1.1 million), and Korean (1.1 million).

That state with the highest percentage of people who speak another language than English at home is California, with 44%. West Virginia has the lowest, with 2%. Laredo, Texas, is the metro area with the highest percentage, with 92%.

1. Arabic

2. Chinese

3. French

4. German

5. Italian

6. Japanese

7. Korean

8. Persian

9. Polish

10. Portuguese

11. Russian

12. Spanish

13. Tagalog

14. Vietnamese

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