My wife and I were out and about with the kids over the weekend and ran into a Russian friend of ours, who was hanging out with a bunch of her other Russian friends. My wife is British, my kids are half British, half American and I had one of those self-aware "wow, we really do live in a melting pot" moments, which - to be fair - I'm all in for.

As we celebrate Independence Day here in the next week or so, it's kind of cool to remember that "give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses" is what always made America so appealing to so many people around the world. Things may be pretty polarizing here at home at the moment, obviously, but if you can look through all the noise and remember the beauty of this democratic experiment is its ability to evolve and change and will ultimately - hopefully? - balance everything out. No matter which side of any issue you're on, your voice counts and your votes matter, so be sure to use them with purpose!

Anyway, as I got lost in a bunch of Russian people talking to each other and my not understanding a word, I started to wonder. How many other Russian speakers are there in Colorado? And what other languages make up our population?

So I went on a research mission. Here are my results, smallest to largest, of the most spoken non-English languages in the State of Colorado.

Top Non-English Languages Spoken in Colorado

If you've ever felt like a whole bunch of people are speaking different languages around you, and wonder what the language is, here are the top non-English languages spoken in the State of Colorado.

Number of People Born in Each State That Now Live in Colorado

According to the most recent data from the US Census, these are the places Colorado residents actually came from originally.