There are 21 counties in America where German is still spoken actively

August 19, 2013

The Fix loves the cultural, political and, yes, linguistic differences in the United States. So, we immediately fell in love with this map created by the Washington Post graphics team that shows the counties across the country where at least 10 percent of the population speak a language other than English at home.

While the big headline -- and rightly so -- is the 708 counties where Spanish is spoken by at least one in every 10 residents, we, nerds that we are, were equally fascinated by the 21 counties where German is actively spoken. That includes Holmes County, Ohio, where 45.5 (!) percent of residents speak German at home, as well as a single county (Yates) in New York and Missouri (Scotland) where German remains actively spoken by a chunk of residents.

The full map is below. Fascinating stuff.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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