Top 10 trending programming languages 2020

Top 10 trending programming languages 2020 analyzed Google search queries and found out the top 10 trending programming languages as well as top countries showing the highest interest in those languages.

Google Trends is a tool that shows the relative popularity of search queries — the ratio of a query’s search volume to the sum of the search volumes of all possible queries. The resulting numbers are scaled on a range of 0 to 100 based on a topic’s proportion to all searches, where 100 speaks of the maximum interest.

Over 12 months ending in August 2020, the most searched programming languages were JavaScript, Kotlin, and Python — the average ratio of queries related to these terms exceeded 90. 

Other popular languages include TypeScript, Groovy, Go, Powershell, Assembly language, Ruby, and C#, with ratios of 85 or more.

Top 10 trending programming languages also looked at the interest by region to see in which locations terms related to programming languages were most popular over the last 12 months. 

For all top 10 queries, the maps look almost alike, with China leading in popularity of search terms. Here are several examples:

Google Trends: Interest by Region

China is the location with the highest popularity of all top 10 terms (popularity ratio 100) except Powershell (popularity ratio 39). However, a higher value means a higher proportion of all queries of total searches in that location, not a higher absolute query count.

In other countries, terms related to programming languages are less than half as popular. If we exclude low search volume regions, countries with the popularity > 10 of the top 5 terms are South Korea, Israel, and Belarus

Locations with higher interest also include Armenia (JavaScript and C# related queries), Singapore (Python-related queries), Luxembourg, Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand, Netherlands (Powershell related queries), Ethiopia and Pakistan (Assembly language), and Japan and Tanzania (Ruby search queries). 

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