This chart shows how Chinese became the new French

Chinese has overtaken French as the most common language in the United States other than English or Spanish, while Tagalog and Vietnamese have leapfrogged Italian and German.

These are some of the biggest takeaways from this Census Bureau chart examining how language usage in the country shifted between 1980 and 2010. Spanish remained the top non-English option, but there was considerable change elsewhere:


(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

Meanwhile, here’s a related map showing which languages other than English or Spanish are spoken in major cities across the U.S.

[Via Pew]

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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