November 19, 2015

1 in 5 Kids in America Speaks A Second Language at Home

Being multi-lingual is an asset in today’s global economy — and it’s a skill worth supporting and developing, according to experts.

In America, 12 million kids speak a language other than English at home. This figure represents 22% of the child population — a rate that varies greatly by state.  

For instance, kids are more likely to speak a language other than English in the border states of California (44%), Texas (36%) New Mexico (33%) and Nevada (also 33%).

Kids are least likely to speak a second language at home in West Virginia (2%) and Montana (3%), as well as in Mississippi, Maine and North Dakota (all 4%).


Explore more family and community statistics — at the state and national level — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.