Sunday, May 21, 2006

Languages Spoken in the US.

French is the fourth largest language in the US (after Spanish and Chinese). It is spoken mainly by the small native French, Haitian or French-Canadian populations. It is spoken in Maine and in Louisiana (where it is an official language). However, don't get too excited, French is only spoken at home by 0.771% of Americans.

(in the meantime 336 languages are also spoken by the population - spoken or signed - of which 176 are indigenous to the area. 52 languages formerly spoken in the country's territory are now extinct - Grimes 2000).

According to the 2000 census, here are the languages most spoken at home :

  1. English only 82.105%
  2. Spanish 10.710%
  3. Chinese (all spoken varieties incl.) 0.771%
  4. French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 0.627%
  5. German 0.527%
  6. Tagalog 0.467%

Here are the official
states and territories officially bilingual:

  • Louisiana (English and French),
  • Hawaii (Hawaiian English and Hawaiian),
  • Puerto Rico (Spanish and English),
  • Guam (Chamorro and English),
  • American Samoa (Samoan and English)


At 11:35, Anonymous Abie said...

French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 0.627% or 0. 771% ?

At 17:43, Blogger Joker & Thief said...

I beieve it is 0.627%... not that it makes a huge difference. ;-)
Thanks for being so thorough.


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