Diverse USA Faces

Do you speak English at home?

If your answer is “no,” you have something in common with many people in the U.S. In fact, 20% of people living in the U.S. don’t speak English at home, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

Diverse USA facesThirty years ago, 90% of U.S. residents spoke English at home. Now, only 80% do. This change primarily reflects increased immigration, both legal and illegal, to the USA, according to The Washington Times.

States on the West and East Coasts have the highest percentage of people not speaking English at home. Spanish is the most common alternative language, but Arabic and Urdu (Pakistan’s language) are increasingly common, too.

Incidentally, only 1.8% of the U.S. population speak German at home, according to a U.S. Census report published in 2011.languages_s877x481

Read more about this language trend, immigration, and its impact on school systems in The Washington Times.