We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Many US Children Speak a Second Language at Home?

In 2010, about 22% of children in the United States spoke a language other than English at home. The most commonly spoken second language was Spanish, followed by Chinese. Other languages often used in bilingual or multilingual homes include Korean, Tagalog and French. The US Census Bureau tracks the use of non-English languages in homes to better understand the needs of children and their educators, as well as the needs of residents and citizens who might benefit from government communications written in languages other than English.

More about bilingualism:

  • Some neuroscientists believe that bilingualism is good for children and adults because it might improve cognitive functioning and even forestall dementia.

  • About 45% of California households were bilingual/multilingual in 2010. West Virginia had the lowest percentage of bilingual/multilingual families — about 2%.

  • The US Census Bureau's survey showed that there were 134 American tribal languages spoken in US households.

Lainie Petersen
By Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen, a talented writer, copywriter, and content creator, brings her diverse skill set to her role as an editor. With a unique educational background, she crafts engaging content and hosts podcasts and radio shows, showcasing her versatility as a media and communication professional. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a valuable asset to any media organization.
Discussion Comments
By anon300858 — On Nov 01, 2012

Everyone in this country should learn a second language, but their first language should be English.

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen, a talented writer, copywriter, and content creator, brings her diverse skill set to her role as an...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.