September 30, 2018
Almost half of all US residents in the top five largest cities, or 48%, do not speak English at home according to the latest Census Bureau data.
The Washington Examiner reports that the new report, conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), also reveals that “As a share of the population, 21.8 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home — roughly double the 11 percent in 1980.” Overall, roughly 67 million residents don’t speak English at home.
In New York City and Houston it is 49 percent; in Los Angeles it is 59 percent; in Chicago it is 36 percent; and in Phoenix it is 38 percent. –CIS
In terms of population, Spanish is the most commonly spoken language at home at 41 million residents in 2017, up from 37 million in 2010. Chinese is the next most common language at 3.4 million using it primarily at home.
In terms of the fastest growing non-English languages spoken at home, Telugu experienced the most rapid growth, followed by Bengali, Tamil, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.
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Ranking non-English speakers by state, California leads the pack, followed by Texas, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nevada and New York.
In terms of percentage growth by state, Washington D.C. experienced the largest percent growth in non-English speaking homes between 2010 and 2017, followed by Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, Delaware, Nevada, Maryland and Nebraska.
The study comes amid several reports of altercations over the use of English, such as last week’s report about a couple who was refused service at a Florida Taco Bell because they did not have any English speaking employees.
In another case last May, a New York man threatened to call immigration police if customers and employees didn’t stop speaking English in a restaurant.
Among the top findings from the CIS report:
- In 2017, a record 66.6 million U.S….