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More Than 1/4 of All Floridians Speak Other Languages at Home

More than a quarter of Floridians speak a language other than English in their homes.

New U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday show that 27 percent of Floridians speak a language other than English. That's higher than the national average of 20 percent. Only six other states have higher rates: California, Texas, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York and Nevada.

At the metropolitan level, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region has the 10th highest rate of residents who speak a non-English language - 51 percent of residents. The language spoken at home was Spanish in more than three-quarters of those cases.

Other Florida cities where a substantial number of residents spoke a language other than English were Orlando and the Naples area, which includes a large number of farming communities.

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