Tuesday, August 07, 2007

What's our L(anguage) Quotient

Yeah, I did have to try and answer that question. Here is a factoid for today. Just playing with data in the Modern Language Association Language Map. Even with low immigration in recent decades, are there any foreign languages that we still have a disproportionate number of speakers here. Here is data on foreign language speakers in Allegheny County compared to the US ranked by the proportion all US speakers that are here. This is the top 20. Not that surprising overall, but interesting.

Language Allegheny US % of US Total
Slovak 2,000 41,300 4.84%
Croatian 955 58,390 1.64%
Serbian 515 45,375 1.13%
Italian 10,495 1,008,370 1.04%
Tamil 834 83,965 0.99%
Telugu 774 86,160 0.90%
Hungarian 1,020 117,975 0.86%
Greek 2,830 365,440 0.77%
Ukrainian 1,000 129,180 0.77%
Turkish 505 74,130 0.68%
Serbo-Croatian 830 130,100 0.64%
Polish 3,795 667,415 0.57%
Hindi 1,685 317,055 0.53%
Hebrew 909 195,375 0.47%
German 6,255 1,382,610 0.45%
Russian 2,805 706,240 0.40%
French 5,520 1,606,790 0.34%
Arabic 2,080 614,580 0.34%
Gujarathi 720 235,985 0.31%
Japanese 1,399 478,000 0.29%

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