Language Use in the United States: 2007

April 2010
Report Number: ACS-12
Hyon B. Shin and Robert A. Kominski


This report provides information on the number and characteristics of people in the United States in 2007 who spoke a language other than English at home. While the vast majority of the population 5 years old and over in the United States spoke only English at home (80 percent), the population speaking a language other than English at home has increased steadily for the last three decades. The number of speakers increased for many non- English languages, but not all. This changing landscape of speakers of non- English languages in the United States is highlighted in this report.

January 2010
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