Are we hearing more African languages spoken around us?
In the last couple of years, the growth of African languages in the United States has been exponential. Newly released data from the US Census Bureau finds African languages are among the top ten fastest-growing languages spoken in the United States. The Census list features three groups of African languages: Amharic/Somali; Swahili and other Central/Eastern/Southern African languages; Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, and other Western African languages.
The growth has gone from roughly 723.000 to more than 1.7 million people in the last decade. Some of the predominant concentrations of African immigrants are Washington DC, New York City, Houston/Dallas, Columbus (Ohio), Atlanta, and Minneapolis.
The arrival of African immigrants will continue to increase. North America remains a top destination for over 20% of Africans who want to leave the African continent.
The growth of Ethiopian languages in the United States
The Ethiopian diaspora across America is the second-largest community after Nigerians. Almost a million Ethiopian native immigrants are estimated to live in the United States, of whom about 250,000 are concentrated across Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
The largest Ethiopian linguistic groups are Amharic, Oromo, Somali, and Tigrinya. Amharic tops first in 8 US states: California, Nevada, Colorado, South Dakota, Washington, Virginia, and West Virginia.
This demographic growth and continuous flow of immigration arriving in the US greatly increased the demand for Ethiopian translations in the US. This presents a great opportunity for companies wanting to reach out to this cohort. It becomes crucial for any business in the United States to find the right localization agency with the resources to ensure you speak to this audience with a culturally adapted message.
At Australis, we bring down language barriers to help you deliver a more clear and efficient message to a growing Ethiopian population in the United States. We deliver superb quality, fast turn-around times, and have competitive rates for all Ethiopian languages. Do you need help translating your content to Ethiopian languages? Contact us Today!