Language Spoken at Home in the United States of America

Language Spoken at Home in the United States of America

Language Spoken at Home is a voting machines, literature for voters, and material for public libraries. This question was first asked in 1980; It replaced a question about one's mother language.

The published data is for 30 languages, chosen for their nationwide distribution, and 10 language groupings (see list below). Data from households which report languages other than the 30 are reported under the language groupings. Thus, languages which are widespread in certain areas of the country but not nationally get put together, even in block level data. Lithuanian, and Welsh are simply "Other Indo-European languages," Yoruba and Swahili are simply "African languages," and Indonesian and Syriac are simply "Other Asian languages." Several locally very well represented languages, such as Punjabi and Pennsylvania German, are collated into smaller groupings. Native North American languages besides Navajo are also collated, though they are reported on several geographic levels in another data set.

Languages and language groupings

Language Spoken at Home
(U.S. Census 2000) Summary
English only 82.105%
Spanish 10.710%
Chinese (all varieties of Chinese incl.) 0.78%  
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 0.627%
German 0.527%
Tagalog (Filipino) 0.467%
Vietnamese 0.385%
Italian 0.384%
Korean 0.341%
Russian 0.269%
Polish 0.254%
Arabic 0.234%