The languages we speak at home, mapped by county

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The languages we speak at home, mapped by county

The languages, literatures and cultures we study and teach at SLLC are both domestic and international. According to Reid Wilson on the Washington Post Gov Beat Blog, "the vast majority of us — about 80 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — speak English at home. But we are a polyglot society in which big pockets of non-English speakers dot the national landscape."

The blog post features a series of intriguing maps created by @MetricMaps, which show where the highest concentrations of English, Spanish, Indo-European and Asian languages are spoken around the country. According to the article, "almost 13 percent of Americans over 5 years of age, a total of 37 million of us, speak Spanish at home. Not surprisingly, Spanish speakers are concentrated near the U.S. border in counties in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California."

The article goes on to note that although Indo-European speakers represent a much smaller percentage compared to that of Spanish speakers, there are still areas around New Orleans and in Maine where French is very common. Asian and Pacific Islander languages are present in Hawaii and the larger West Coast cities like LA. Finally, the article notes that "Native American languages are still widely spoken in a few areas west of the Mississippi."

You can read the entire post and view the maps online at the Washington Post Gov Beat Blog.

Date of Publication: 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014