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Language Use Data

The U.S. Census Bureau collects language data annually in the American Community Survey (ACS).  The ACS provides statistics on English usage and language spoken at home for the U.S., states, counties, and selected metropolitan, micropolitan, and other statistical areas.

Additional materials for exploring Language Use within the Census Bureau


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Detailed Languages Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English
The ACS 2009-2013 multi-year data are used to list all languages spoken in the United States that were reported during the sample period.


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Detailed Language Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English
The ACS 2006-2008 multi-year data are used to list all languages spoken in the United States that were reported during the sample period.


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A Demographic Profile of Foreign-Language Speakers: 2000
These foreign born tables are from the 2000 A Demographic Profile of Foreign-Language Speakers.


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Ability to Speak English by Language Spoken at Home: 2000
Source: Census 2000


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Language Spoken at Home for the Population 5 Years and Over: 2000
Source: Census 2000 Special Tabulation 224


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Characteristics of Children Under 18 Years, by Age: 2000
These foreign born tables are from the 2000 Characteristics of Children Under 18 Years, by Age.


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Language Spoken at Home for the Citizen Population: 2000
Source: Census 2000 Special Tabulation 194.


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Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2000
Characteristics of the 2.1 million adopted children and 4.4 million stepchildren of householders as estimated from the Census 2000 sample.


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Summary Tables on Language Use and English Ability: 2000
These foreign born tables are from the 2000 Summary Tables on Language Use and English Ability.


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Social and Economic Characteristics of Selected Language Groups: 1990
Census 1990 tabulation sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.


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1990 Census: Language Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English
Census 1990 data on language spoken at home and ability to speak English were derived from answers of a sample of persons 5 years old and over.


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Summary Tables on Language Use and English Ability: 1990
Source: 1990 Census

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