Beating the language barrier in Florida
Florida is more than just the sunshine state or the home of Disney.
It is one of the most diverse and cultured states too.
According to recent Census the largest reported ancestries in the state were:
- English (16.9%),
- German (11.8%),
- Irish (10.3%),
- Italian (6.3%),
- French (2.8%),
- Polish (2.7%)
- Scottish (1.8%)
So its a great place to come to practice your languages too!
Floridas Hispanic population includes large communities of Cuban Americans in Miami and Tampa, Puerto Ricans in Orlando and Tampa, and Central American migrant workers in inland West-Central and South Florida. The Hispanic community continues to grow more affluent and mobile. Between the years of 2000 and 2004, Lee County in Southwest Florida, which is largely suburban in character, had the fastest Hispanic population growth rate of any county in the United States.
There is a large German population in Southwest Florida, a large Greek population in the Tarpon Springs area, a sizable Italian, Spanish, and Russian communities in Miami.
These concentrations of nationalities mean that there are a wide range of restaurants to be found and flavours to sample across the state. Some great bars exist and Miami in particular has some great latin sounds wrapped up in the vibrant colours that cover a lot of the buildings and the brilliant sunshine its hard not to get in to the party mood during your visit.