Children who speak a language other than English at home

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Definitions: The share of children ages 5 to 17 that speak a language other than English at home.

The Census Bureau advises that due to methodological changes to data collection, comparisons should be made with caution between 2013 estimates on 'Language spoken' and those from prior years.  For a detailed account of those changes see the following document:

Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Supplementary Survey, 2001 Supplementary Survey, 2002 through 2016 American Community Survey.

These data were derived from American Fact Finder table C16007 (

The data for this measure come from the 2000 and 2001 Supplementary Survey and the 2002 through 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). The 2000 through 2004 ACS surveyed approximately 700,000 households monthly during each calendar year. In general but particularly for these years, use caution when interpreting estimates for less populous states or indicators representing small subpopulations, where the sample size is relatively small. Beginning in January 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau expanded the ACS sample to 3 million households (full implementation), and in January 2006 the ACS included group quarters. The ACS, fully implemented, is designed to provide annually updated social, economic, and housing data for states and communities. (Such local-area data have traditionally been collected once every ten years in the long form of the decennial census.)

Footnotes: Updated October 2017.
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at Children who speak a language other than English at home.