Census Report Details English Speakers
August 06, 2013
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English Speakers

A new United States Census report shows a growing number of U.S. residents speak a language at home other than English. But the level of English proficiency in the nation is holding steady.

The report breaks down the number of people in the nation who speak a language other than English as well as their ability to speak English.

The report showed 58 percent of U.S. residents who speak a foreign language at home also speak English “very well."

And the people who speak English “less than very well” remain the same from 2007 to 2011 at 8.7 percent.

More people are speaking a language other than English. That number rose from nearly 20 percent in 2007 to close to 21 percent in 2011.

And almost two-thirds spoke Spanish.

The South Texas border city of Laredo led all metro areas with 92 percent of residents speaking a language other than English at home.