Use of languages other than English in the US on the rise: Census
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The number of people in the United States (US) who speak a language other than English at home has nearly tripled over the past three decades, far outpacing the overall population growth, US data released on Tuesday showed.
While Spanish remains the most widely spoken language after English, other languages, particularly those from South Asia and Africa, have also soared in use, the US Census Bureau said in a report.
Some 60.6 million people, or nearly one in five people in the US aged 5 or older, spoke a language other than English at home in 2011, according to the report. That is up from 23 million in 1980, or almost one in 11.
Over the three decades, the number of people speaking a language other than English at home rose 158 per cent, far faster than the overall US population, which grew 38 per cent.