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Here Are The Best And Worst States For Language Education

The percentage of K-12 students enrolled in foreign language classes differs vastly depending on which state you live in. Find out how your state stacks up.

How does your state rank when it comes to language learning in schools? A report published in June by the American Councils for International Education revealed the percentage of K-12 students enrolled in a foreign language class. And the results vary widely from state to state, ranging from over half to less than 10% of the student population learning a language. Read on to find out where your state falls.

States With Highest Language Enrollment

5. Vermont

Foreign language enrollment: 35.03%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Latin



4. Maryland

Foreign language enrollment: 35.23%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese



3. Wisconsin

Foreign language enrollment: 36.29%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, German



2. Washington, D.C.

Foreign language enrollment: 47.17%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese (but Russian was a close 4th)



1. New Jersey

Foreign language enrollment: 51.18%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese



States With Lowest Language Enrollment

46. Oregon

Foreign language enrollment: 10.83%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese



47. Montana

Foreign language enrollment: 10.11%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese



48. Arkansas

Foreign language enrollment: 9.09%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, German



49. Arizona

Foreign language enrollment: 9.08%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese



50. New Mexico

Foreign language enrollment: 8.50%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese



Every State Ranked By K-12 Foreign Language Enrollment

Rank State Enrollment ————     Rank State Enrollment
1 New Jersey 51.18% 26 Texas 18.91%
2 Washington D.C. ——  47.17% 27 South Dakota—— 18.63%
3 Wisconsin 36.29% 28 Hawaii 18.61%
4 Maryland 35.23% 29 Ohio 18.11%
5 Vermont 35.03% 30 Nebraska 17.73%
6 Delaware 32.34% 31 Alabama 17.41%
7 Connecticut 28.26% 32 Alaska 16.52%
8 New Hampshire——  27.47% 33 Missouri 15.48%
9 New York 27.21% 34 Kansas 15.27%
10 Massachusetts 26.43% 35 Iowa 15.23%
11 Michigan 22.50% 36 Washington 14.71%
12 Rhode Island 22.45% 37 California 13.91%
13 Georgia 22.23% 38 Mississippi 13.32%
14 Tennessee 22.08% 39 Louisiana 13.27%
15 North Dakota 21.88% 40 Illinois 13.05%
16 Utah 21.06% 41 West Virginia 13.03%
17 Florida 20.88% 42 Colorado 12.38%
18 South Carolina 20.74% 43 Nevada 12.20%
19 Minnesota 20.26% 44 Idaho 12.19%
20 Wyoming 20.05% 45 Oklahoma 12.16%
21 Virginia 20.03% 46 Kentucky 11.20%
22 Pennsylvania 19.94% 47 Oregon 10.83%
23 North Carolina 19.71% 48 Montana 10.11%
24 Indiana 19.57% 49 Arkansas 9.09%
25 Maine 19.01% 50 Arizona 9.08%
-  -  -  51 New Mexico 8.50%

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