The Census Bureau says there are 350 different languages being spoken in homes in the United States today.
There is perhaps no better time than now to remember just how diverse the population of the United States is. That diversity can easily be pronounced when you find out how many languages are being spoken in American homes today.
According to U.S. Census Bureau data released in the first week of November 105, found that there are 350 languages and/or language groups being spoken at home in the United States. This is from data collected between 2009 and 2013.
Included in the study and reported among American homes are the languages of Pennsylvania Dutch, Amharic, and 150 different native North American languages including Yupik, Dakota, Apache and Cherokee.
“While most of the U.S. population speaks only English at home, or a handful of other languages like Spanish or Vietnamese, the American Community Survey reveals the wide-ranging language diversity of the United States,” said Census Bureau statistician Erik Vickstrom. “For example, in the New York metro area alone, more than a third of the population speaks a language other than English at home, and close to 200 different languages are spoken.”
The Census Bureau has broken down this data in numerous meaningful ways, with examinations of populations of 100,000 or more, as well as areas with 25,000 or more speakers of a specific language other than Spanish.
Some key facts determined by the Census Bureau based on location include:
· In Los Angeles, at least 185 languages are spoken at home, including Indonesian, spoken by less than 13,000 people in the area.
· In Chicago, almost 30 percent of the population over the age of 4 speak a language other than English at home, and that includes Serbian, who just over 17,000 speakers.
· Dallas has at least 156 languages spoken at home, including more than 12,000 people who speak Telugu, a language native to southeast India.
“Knowing the number of languages and how many speak these languages in a particular area provides valuable information to policymakers, planners and researchers,’’ Vickstrom said.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.