Profile America: Foreign Language Month

Wednesday, December 14 — Among other special observances being noted in December is Learn a Foreign Language Month, with the goal of getting people to broaden their outlook on the world by taking a course in another language. Increasingly, many different languages are heard across the nation–the Census Bureau counts 382.  In the U.S., nearly 61 million people over age 5, or 21 percent, speak a language other than English at home. The leading non-English language is Spanish at over 37 million. It’s a long drop to second place, held by the several Chinese variants at 2.9 million. Other languages spoken in over 1 million households each are Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, French and German.

You can find more statistics on communities across the country by downloading the Census Bureau’s “dwellr” mobile application here.

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