What's being spoken at home?

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri Oct 10 17:20:26 UTC 2003

>>From the NY Times, October 10, 2003

National Briefing: Washington

      WHAT'S BEING SPOKEN AT HOME Nearly one in five Americans say they
speak a language other than English at home, the Census Bureau reported.
Most of those people say they speak Spanish at home, followed by Chinese,
French and German. The number of Americans who say they speak Russian
increased the most during the last decade, nearly tripling to more than
700,000. Census officials said the spike in Russian speakers reflected an
overall rise in Russian immigration since the fall of the Soviet Union. In
2000, about 18 percent of the population aged 5 and older, or about 47
million people, said they spoke a language other than English at home up
from 14 percent, or nearly 32 million in 1990.  (NYT)

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