Most Americans Who Speak Non-English Languages at Home also Speak English “Very Well”

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the majority of immigrants and others who speak non-English languages in their homes also are very proficient in English.


In a new Census Bureau report, the government calculated that 58.2% of U.S. residents age five and older who speak a language other than English at home speak English “very well” and another 19.4% speak English “well.”


The percentage who speak English “less than very well” increased from 8.1% in 2000 to 8.7% in 2007, but stayed at 8.7% in 2011, according to the report. Also, those speaking a language other than English at home went up from 17.9% in 2000 to 20.8% in 2011.


Of the 60.6 million people who spoke a language other than English at home in 2011, 62% (37.6 million) spoke Spanish, the Census Bureau found.


The Census Bureau estimated that more than 300 languages are spoken in the United States, including 134 Native American languages.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn MorE:

New Census Bureau Interactive Map Shows Languages Spoken in America (U.S. Census Bureau)

Language Use in the United States: 2011 (by Camille Ryan, U.S. Census Bureau) (pdf)

One of Five in U.S. Speak Language other than English at Home (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)


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