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Persons Speaking a Language Other than English at Home, 2006

What languages do Americans speak at home? The U.S. Census Bureau keeps track. This data comes from the 2006 American Community Survey and is based on sample and subject to sampling variability. No surprise, English comes in at number one, but dozens of other languages are represented as well.

Language Persons 5
years old
and over who
speak language
Population, 5 years and over 279,012,712
Speak only English 224,154,288
Spanish or Spanish Creole 34,044,945
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 1,395,732
French Creole 601,886
Italian 828,524
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 683,405
German 1,135,999
Yiddish 152,515
Other West Germanic languages 255,414
Scandinavian languages 130,113
Greek 353,200
Russian 823,210
Polish 640,265
Serbo-Croatian 271,066
Other Slavic languages 312,349
Armenian 216,533
Persian 348,769
Gujarathi 298,658
Hindi 504,607
Urdu 324,578
Other Indic languages 612,890
Other Indo-European languages 393,519
Asian and Pacific Island languages 8,275,131
Chinese 2,492,871
Japanese 475,414
Korean 1,060,631
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 184,351
Miao, Hmong 187,190
Thai 140,020
Laotian 146,625
Vietnamese 1,207,721
Other Asian languages 608,960
Tagalog 1,415,599
Other Pacific Island languages 355,749
Other languages 2,255,116
Navajo 176,280
Other Native North American languages 205,470
Hungarian 97,489
Arabic 732,519
Hebrew 225,179
African languages 696,607
Other and unspecified 121,572
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, The 2009 Statistical Abstract.

Persons Speaking a Language Other than English at Home, 2005 Population/Demographics