Like most states in the U.S., English is the most commonly spoken language in Michigan.

But what are some of the most common foreign languages spoken in the Mitten State?

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Michigan's First Immigrants

In order to understand the vast variety of foreign languages spoken in Michigan, it's important to look at the state's history.

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Initially inhabited by indigenous peoples such as the Chippewa and Potawatomi just to name a couple, Michigan first began to see a real influx of immigrants in the early- to mid-1800s. Most of Michigan's earliest immigrants originally hailed from places like Germany, Ireland, Poland and other European countries.

Michigan Immigrants Today

In more recent times, Michigan has become a popular destination for immigrants from the Middle East, Asia, and Latin American nations.

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That change in the make-up of the state's population has resulted in a bigger variety of first languages than ever. In fact, it's estimated that nearly 10% of Michigan's residents primarily speak a language other than English at home!

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It's important to note that while English may not be the first language for nearly a million Michigan residents, the majority of them are able to communicate (at least to some degree) in English as well.

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Think about Michigan's population, and see if you can predict which foreign languages are spoken by the most residents. We bet you learn something!

10 Most Common Languages in Michigan

While English is by far the most common language in Michigan, about 10% of the state's residents predominantly speak another language at home. These are the Top 10 most common foreign languages spoken in Michigan, according to Acutrans.

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