Geographic Study of Russian Speakers Living in the US

The US Census Bureau has released a geographic study of Russian speakers and where they live in the United States. The focus of the study was on all languages, not only Russian, revealing the number of those who speak a foreign language in the home.  The American Community Survey (ACS) asks, “What Language is Spoken at Home?”, along with other criteria to develop statistics that help the federal government understand how well people in each community speak English, and analyze and plan programs for adults and children who do not speak English well. Statistics about language spoken are also used to ensure that information about public health, law, regulations, voting, and safety is communicated in languages that community members understand.

Summary Results of Russian Speakers in the US

Total Russian Speakers:  889,707
Top Metropolitan Areas:Total Russian Speakers:  889,707

Top Metropolitan Areas:

  1. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
  2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
  3. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
  4. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  5. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA

Comparison of Russian Language vs. Others in the study

According to the study, Russian is the eighth most common non-English language  the home. The breakdown of how the languages compare among the largest metro areas in included below.