Little India: Overseas Indian, NRI, Asian Indian, Indian American

Tower Of Babble

English is the predominant language spoken by Asian Indian immigrants. However Hindi is the 16th most popular language in America. Two other South Asian languages, Urdu and Gujarati, made the list of Top 20 languages spoken in America. Nearly 200,000 people born in the United States speak South Asian languages.

SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES SPOKEN AT HOME IN THE U.S.

Language Speakers Language Speakers
HINDI 317055 MARATHI 35010
URDU 262900 KANNADA 24390
GUJARATI 235990 NEPALI 10710
PUNJABI 141740 SINDHI 7815
BENGALI 128820 ORIYA 2365
TELUGU 86165 KASHMIRI 945
TAMIL 83965 RAJASTHANI 335
MALYALAM 79855 BIHARI 125

 

LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME IN THE U.S.
Language Speakers Language Speakers
English
215,423,557 Arabic
614,582
Spanish 28,101,052 Portuguese 564,630
Chinese 2,022,143 Japanese 477,997
French 1,643,838 Greek 365,436
German 1,383,442 Hindi 317,057
Tagalog 1,224,241 Persian 312,085
Vietnamese 1,009,627 Urdu 262,900
Italian 1,008,370 Gujarati 235,988
Korean 894,063 Serbo-Croatian 233,865
Russian 706,242 Armenian 202,708
Polish 667,414 Hebrew 195,37

Source: U.S. Census 2000. Data for all people 5 years and older in USA