Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Nashville ranks 47th nationwide in linguistic diversity

The Nashville City Paper reports that Nashville ranks as the 47th most linguistically diverse city in the U.S., with 66 languages being spoken across Davidson County, according to research by the U.S. English Foundation.

"Just over 480,000 residents, 90 percent, speak English in Davidson County and 26,175 speak Spanish, nearly 5 percent of the local population."

On a statewide level, Tennessee has fewer Spanish-speakers than most other states. In a separate ranking of states with the most Spanish-speakers, Tennessee came in 27th.

According to the U.S. English web site, "the goal of the U.S. English Foundation [is] to ensure that English continues to serve as an integrating force among our nation's many ethnic groups and remains a vehicle of opportunity for new Americans."

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