It's not something that I think many of us think about on a regular or extensively enough but there are in fact some language barrier problems right here in Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas. We assume that most people in the area speak fluent English and this isn't far off as 92.2% of the population speak only English at home, the other 8% is out there.

We often interact with the 8% of people whose first language is something other than English and even more surprising is that there are upwards of 10 other languages being used as the primary language in homes in the Kalamazoo area. I know many people speak a secondary language as well, is it one of the top 10?

Due to all of the different primary languages, there are in Kalamazoo Area there are some language barriers that we all have to actively work through but I think we have done a good job so far. This continues to show the welcomeness and the diversity of the Kalamazoo Area as a whole.

Here are the 10 most common languages used in Kalamazoo Area homes besides English.

10 Most Common Languages Used In Kalamazoo Homes That Aren't English

8% of Kalamazoo Area home use a language other than English as their primary language and these are the top 10 from the population.

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.