According to the 2010 US Census, 20.1% of the population age 5 and over speaks a language other than English at home.
To see a breakdown of languages spoken in the US, check out this PDF from the Migration Policy Institute. According to the Institute, Spanish is the most popular language spoken by people they have identified as English Language Learners, followed by Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Hindi, Arabic, Russian and Hmong.
An interesting statistic explored in this fact sheet is a geographic breakdown of where Spanish is the top non-English language spoken in the U.S., and where it isn’t. Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Maine, Vermont, Alaska and Hawaii are states where Spanish is not the top language spoken outside of English.
The number of people living in the United States who speak English as a second language is growing every year. Businesses are finding it necessary to translate documents for their target audiences and for their workforce. Multilingual Connections can help with your document translation projects of any size. Not sure where to start? Contact us, or request a free translation quote.