A recent report in the Washington Examiner stated that nearly 67 million people in the USA do not speak English at home, and nor do nearly half of the residents of the nation’s 5 biggest cities.
The Washington Examiner report was based on the latest Census Bureau data.
Specifically, a record 66.6 million US residents (including native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) ages 5 and older speak a language other than English at home.
In an analysis of the Census Bureau data, the Center for Immigration Studies (“CIS”) said: “As a share of the population, 21.8% of US residents speak a foreign language at home – roughly double the 11% in 1980.”
CIS added: “In America’s 5 largest cities, 48% of residents now speak a language other than English at home. In New York City and Houston it is 49%; in Los Angeles it is 59%; in Chicago it is 36%; and in Phoenix it is 38%.”
In Hialeah, Florida, where a Taco Bell employee recently was fired for not serving an English-speaking customer, 95% of residents speak a foreign language at home.
In rural areas outside of metropolitan areas in the USA only 8% speak a language other than English at home.
The data released also indicated that nationwide nearly 1-in-4 public school students now speaks a language other than English at home, including nearly 1-in-2 students in California and roughly 1-in-3 students in Texas, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Florida.