Hindi most spoken Indian Language in the US


New Delhi: The latest survey of languages in the US has found Hindi as the most widely spoken among the various Indian languages with nearly 6.5 lakh people speaking.

The census reports that nearly 350 languages are spoken in the US.

Apart from Hindi, other major Indian languages are also spoken by many, according to a recent US Census Bureau data.

Bengali, Bihari, Gujrati, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Urdu, Oriya, and Assamese are a few other Indian languages that are spoken in the US.

Nearly 4 lakh US residents speak Urdu, while Gujarati is spoken by more than 3.7 lakh people.

While Bengali and Punjabi are spoken by more than 2.5 lakh people each, Telugu is spoken by nearly 2,50,000 people.

Other south Indian languages include Tamil (about 190,000 people), Malayalam (about 1,46,000), and Kannada (about 48,000).

Marathi is spoken by more than 73,000 people, Oriya (more than 5,000), Assamese (about 1300), and Kashmiri by about 1700 people in the U.S.

It has even listed Bihari and Rajasthani as languages, spoken by nearly 600 and 700 people respectively.

A tribal language, Mundra, spoken by small communities in eastern India, is spoken by nearly 2000 people in the US.

The data released so far is based on the most comprehensive survey done by the US Census Bureau on spoken languages in the US.

Other languages spoken in US homes, apart from English, include Spanish (with more than 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). (image courtesy: oncallinternational.com)