Hindi emerges as most-spoken Indian language in US


With nearly 6.5 lakh people speaking it, Hindi has become the most spoken Indian language in the United States, the latest Census data shows.

According to reports, over 60 million people in the US speak a language other than English at home, the US Census Bureau based on American Community Survey data collected from 2009 to 2013 said.

Top languages other than English spoken in US homes include Spanish (with over 37.4 million speakers), Chinese (about 2.9 million), French (1.3 million), Korean (1.1 million), German (1.1 million), Vietnamese (1.4 million), Arabic (924,573), Tagalog (1.6 million) and Russian (879,434).

Nearly 4 lakh US residents speak Urdu and Gujarati is spoken by over 3.7 lakh people. Other than Hindi, all the major Indian languages are also spoken in the US.

While Bengali and Punjabi are spoken by over 2.5 lakh people each, the Census bureau says. Marathi is spoken by more than 73,000 people, Oriya has over 5,000 speakers, Assamese has some 1300 and Kashmiri is spoken by about 1700 people in the US.

It has even listed Bihari as a language spoken by nearly 600 people and Rajasthani by about 700.

Nepali is spoken by over 94,000 people and Sindhi by nearly 9,000.

Nearly 250,000 people speak Telugu while Tamil is spoken by about 190,000 people, Malayalam has 146,000 speakers and Kannada is spoken by about 48,000 people.

Tribal language Munda is spoken by over 2,000 people and Tibetan by over 16,000 US residents.

The data released by Census Bureau represents the most comprehensive data on languages spoken in the US.

(With inputs from agencies)