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Third Most Common Language by US State

Enter the language most commonly used at home that is NOT English or Spanish.
Based on US Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
NOTE: In some rare cases (Hawai'i for example), Spanish is not the second most commonly used language. In these cases, the correct quiz answer will be the second most common language, not the third.
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First submittedMay 15, 2014
Last updatedMay 26, 2014
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State
Language
Alabama
German
Alaska
Yupik
Arizona
Navajo
Arkansas
German
California
Tagalog
Colorado
German
Connecticut
French
Delaware
French
Florida
French Creole
Georgia
Korean
Hawaii
Tagalog
Idaho
German
Illinois
Polish
Indiana
German
Iowa
German
Kansas
German
Kentucky
German
State
Language
Louisiana
French
Maine
French
Maryland
French
Massachusetts
Portuguese
Michigan
Arabic
Minnesota
Hmong
Mississippi
French
Missouri
German
Montana
German
Nebraska
Vietnamese
Nevada
Tagalog
New Hampshire
French
New Jersey
Italian
New Mexico
Navajo
New York
Chinese
North Carolina
French
North Dakota
German
State
Language
Ohio
German
Oklahoma
Vietnamese
Oregon
Russian
Pennsylvania
Italian
Rhode Island
Portuguese
South Carolina
French
South Dakota
Dakota
Tennessee
German
Texas
Vietnamese
Utah
German
Vermont
French
Virginia
Korean
Washington
Vietnamese
West Virginia
French
Wisconsin
German
Wyoming
German
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level 63
May 15, 2014
Pretty easy since I just had friend share post about this.
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level 38
May 15, 2014
Yeah, there's a map circulating the internet now... thought it made for an interesting quiz.
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level 76
May 23, 2014
I saw that map, too. Cool quiz.
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level 34
Oct 14, 2018
I havent seen the map
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level 52
May 24, 2014
The pic is from Slate magazine. It was featured on CNN :)
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level 73
May 19, 2014
I was surprised to find that Hawaiian was not the most common non-English/Spanigh language in Hawaii.
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level 67
May 23, 2014
Most ethnic Hawaiians speak English natively, but Filipino immigrants often speak the lingua franca of the Philippines, Tagalog.
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level 76
Aug 28, 2016
Everyone in the Philippines speaks English.
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level 62
Apr 30, 2017
that's why it's called a lingua franca.
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level 69
May 23, 2014
Cool quiz idea.
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level 76
May 23, 2014
Are you sure that Tagalog is the 3rd most spoken language in Hawaii? I would assume that Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hawaiian (at least) are all most common than Spanish there.
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level 75
May 23, 2014
My guess would be it's because of all the Filipinos who initially came to work in the sugar industry many years ago.
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level 76
May 23, 2014
I'm not disputing that Tagalog is common. I'm saying that Spanish is not the 2nd-most spoken language. Tagalog might be 2nd, not 3rd.
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level 38
May 23, 2014
You are correct... there are a few states where Spanish is not 2nd most common, and Hawaii is one of them. That's why the subtitle of the quiz clarifies it is the most common other than English or Spanish - even in those few cases where Spanish is not 2nd.
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level 76
Aug 28, 2016
cool. got it.
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level 77
May 23, 2014
French creole is a dialect of french... I'm not sure that it should be distinguished like that...
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level 25
May 2, 2017
I'm French and I understand Créole or at least 70% of it and I would say that it's not a language on its own but it's not French neither so.... i don't really know
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level 75
May 23, 2014
I wrote Sioux for South Dakota but it wasn't accepted. Didn't realize you wanted it more specific and I gave up trying.
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level ∞
May 23, 2014
Sioux will work now.
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level 48
May 23, 2014
I would have never expected German for so many states & would have guessed Chinese for a few more...
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level 78
May 23, 2014
I didn't think Chinese was an actual language. The people of China mostly speak Mandarin or Cantonese
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level 10
May 23, 2014
Haitian Creole and French are not mutually intelligible. Hence, they are separate languages. The difference between these two languages is probably greater than that between French and Spanish (and certainly than between Spanish and Portuguese). I really liked this quiz. I got 16/16 on the first try but was helped somewhat by having seen the map a week or so ago.
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level 24
May 24, 2014
Surprised at the Korean being in that state.
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level 76
May 25, 2014
Having lived in Virginia for most of my life I'm not surprised by that at all. Visit Arlington, Annandale, or Centreville (my hometown) and you'll see.
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level 34
May 27, 2014
But... whyyyy...
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level 76
Jul 10, 2015
Bulgogi?
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level 29
May 1, 2017
I live in Virginia and one of my best friends is Korean and speaks it fluently.
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level 48
May 26, 2014
I should've gotten Vietnamese. I didn't get that, navajo, hmong, dakota or yupik
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level 21
Jan 17, 2015
Barely beat the average. Got 10 and the average is 9. I beat 71.9% of the test takers. :) Finally made a goal in my life. Nice quiz.
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level 71
Jul 10, 2015
Very surprised that Italian isn't the answer for Rhode Island!
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level 66
Jun 9, 2016
Never heard of Yupik before.
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level 51
Apr 30, 2017
Me neither. I have a friend who is Tlingit so I tried that.
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level 55
Sep 28, 2017
It's an Eskimo language. I don't think I knew of it until I moved here and learned about the native culture. I suspect there are Alaskans who don't even know of it even though they've probably heard it mentioned.
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level 65
Jun 14, 2018
I have heard of it but it wasn't one of the several Alaskan languages I tried...I just assumed Inuit or Athabaskan would be the top ones. Interesting. I was most proud that I got Hmong, it's always fun when you get an unexpected answer to work!
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level 43
Jul 26, 2016
surprised Spanish isn't on the list !
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level 67
Aug 28, 2016
I'd be surprised if it was .......... NOTE: Enter the language most commonly used at home that is NOT English or Spanish:
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level 60
Jul 21, 2019
surprised you missed the joke/sarcasm there
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level 49
Apr 30, 2017
Surprised that French is third most popular in Maryland. I've never met a native French speaker here. I thought Greek or Italian since there are large large parts of the city where some nationalities exclusively live. Or ever German, polish, or Korean. But never French.... oh well u live and you learn :)
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level 30
Apr 30, 2017
Surprised none of these answers are Dutch
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level 38
May 26, 2017
So am I. I know pockets of Pennsylvania, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia and Maryland where Dutch is still spoken. But, more importantly, I disagree with the third language chosen for New York. The third most spoken language in New York is Italian, not Chinese.
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level 53
Apr 14, 2018
The reason for this is because here in the USA, the people in Pennsylvania we call "Dutch" is actually German, not Dutch.
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level 54
Jul 31, 2018
what do you mean? according to wikipedia (which sources their data from a page on the MLA website that isn't working, but still), Chinese is spoken by 2.61% of New Yorkers. Granted, that includes both Yue and Mandarin, but it's still a lot more than Italian, which is 4th behind Russian.
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level 13
May 4, 2017
I am surprised that there is german
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level 48
Jun 26, 2017
I got 10/16. That's OK, but where's this map my brothers and sisters are talking about?
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level 55
Sep 28, 2017
Proud of myself for knowing the lowest answer that only 3% have gotten. But I do live in Alaska....
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level 60
Mar 8, 2018
Can you add any info on the District of Columbia? It would be interesting to see. I am pretty confident that the 3rd most common language would be Amharic there (Ethiopian).
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level 49
Aug 3, 2019
On this note it'd be pretty neat to see the languages of all the territories too
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level 38
Apr 14, 2018
french creole sounds like a french snack XD
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level 56
Feb 19, 2019
Is there a possibility that 'Eskimo', be accepted for Alaska? Eskimo-Aleut is a family of languages comprising Inuit, Yupik, and Aleut.
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level 53
Apr 11, 2019
Should have got Vietnamese. I just put Portugese as a joke, surprised it was an answer.