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Telugu is America’s fastest growing foreign language

One Indian community is growing like no other in the US. Between 2010 and 2017, the number of native Telugu speakers in the US surged 86%—the largest uptick in a foreign language-speaking group—the results of a September 2018 study by Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) show. This was the highest jump among the most widely spoken foreign languages in the country, among those that had over 400,000 people speaking it. Speakers of other popular Indian languages like Hindi and Gujarati also clocked high growth rates.

Fastest-growing foreign language-speaking groups in the US, 2010-2017

Telugu:  86%

Arabic:  42%

Hindi:   42%

Urdu:   30%

Chinese:  23%

Gujarati:  22%

Haitian Creole:  19%

Back in 2000, the US was home to just 87,543 Telugu speakers – the language is native to the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which were a single entity until 2014. By 2010, there were 222,977. According to the latest figures, there are 415,414 of them, CIS found when looking at Census Bureau population data as of July 01, 2017.

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