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ERIC Number: ED482418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Language Use and English-Speaking Ability: 2000. Census 2000 Brief.
Shin, Hyon B.; Bruno, Rosalind
This report, part of a series that offers population and housing data collected by Census 2000, presents data on the language spoken at home and the ability to speak English of U.S. people over age 4 years. It describes population distributions for the country, including regions, states, counties, and places with populations of 100,000 or more. The number and percentage of people in the United States who spoke a language other than English at home increased between 1990-2000. People who spoke languages other than English at home were not equally distributed across or within regions. The U.S. west had the greatest number and proportion of non-English language speakers. More than one-quarter of the population in seven states spoke a language other than English at home. Counties with a large proportion of the population who spoke a language other than English at home were concentrated in border states. Places with the highest percentages of non-English language speakers, Spanish speakers, and people who spoke English less than very well were concentrated in California, Florida, and Texas. In 2000, 4.4 million households were linguistically isolated, significantly more than in 1990. (SM)
U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233. Tel: 301-457-4100; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Washington, DC. Economics and Statistics Administration.