US Census: What's being spoken at home

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Dec 15 17:25:41 UTC 2006

>>From the NYTimes, 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.

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