How Many People Living In the United States Do Not Speak English As Their First Language?

More than 30 million Americans are non-native speakers of English.

Spanish speaking people lead the list, followed by native speakers of French, German, Italian, Chinese, Tagalog, Polish, Korean, and Vietnamese.

English is the de facto national language of the United States, although there is no official language.

In 2007, about 80% of the population aged five years and older spoke only English at home.

Spanish is the second most common language in the United States, with about 12% of the population speaking the language at home.

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