Koreans in America: the Slate map of the most popular language in your State

by Philip Gowman on 17 May, 2014 updated 6 July, 2014

in In the news | Koreans elsewhere | Koreatowns | Language | Statistics and league tables

Slate language map

AAPI Voices say that the Slate got it wrong, but at least the Slate article on the most popular language in your State got the Korean states right. So why is it that, after Spanish and English, Korean is the most-spoken language in Virginia and Georgia?

One suggestion from an LKL reader is that Virginia contains a large Korean diplomatic community who live there and commute to Washington DC, and a Koreatown has built up around them. And Wikipedia has the following observation on Georgia:

Between 1990 and 2000, Georgia was home to the fastest-growing Korean community in the U.S., growing at a rate of 88.2% over that decade.[17] There is a significant Korean American population in the Atlanta metropolitan area, mainly in Gwinnett County (2.7% Korean), and Fulton County (1.0% Korean).

I was expecting New Jersey and California to register on the map too, but maybe they’re so cosmopolitan that the Korean communities get buried in the data. Any other suggestions?


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