Legal Status of official English in North Carolina
North Carolina adopted English as its official language via legislation in 1987.
Official English Law of North Carolina
§ 145‑12. State language.
- (a) Purpose. English is the common language of the people of the United States of America and the State of North Carolina. This section is intended to preserve, protect and strengthen the English language, and not to supersede any of the rights guaranteed to the people by the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of North Carolina.
- (b) English as the Official Language of North Carolina. English is the official language of the State of North Carolina.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN NORTH CAROLINA
|603,517||All languages other than English combined|
|378,942||Spanish or Spanish Creole|
|33,201||French (incl. Patois, Cajun)|
|3,171||Portuguese or Portuguese Creole|
|2,093||Other Native North American languages|