Language Spoken at Home
& Ability to Speak English
City of Los Angeles

2006-2010 Census American Community Survey
Persons 5 years and Over

City of Los Angeles Language Statistics - 2000 Census

Note: The U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. The margin of error ranges from 26 to more than 9,500.

Language Estimated Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Total Population, Age 5+ 3,515,546 --- 1,055,812
Speak only English 1,415,116 --- ---
Spanish or Spanish Creole 1,515,409 719,859 795,550
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 18,248 14,983 3,265
French Creole 1,553 1,387 166
Italian 8,162 5,838 2,324
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 4,667 3,479 1,188
German 11,311 10,095 1,216
Yiddish 2,108 1,869 239
Other West Germanic languages 2,105 1,901 204
Scandinavian languages 2,698 2,447 251
Greek 2,905 2,189 716
Russian 32,527 14,936 17,591
Polish 2,864 1,926 938
Serbo-Croatian 3,767 2,870 897
Other Slavic languages 3,199 1,921 1,278
Language Estimated Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Armenian 62,673 31,023 31,650
Persian 43,516 24,493 19,023
Gujarati 2,344 1,680 664
Hindi 8,849 6,602 2,247
Urdu 4,250 2,877 1,373
Other Indic languages 12,179 7,054 5,125
Other Indo-European languages 5,649 3,572 2,077
Chinese 54,660 24,757 29,903
Japanese 21,120 10,495 10,625
Korean 89,183 28,102 61,081
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 3,461 1,591 1,870
Hmong 239 65 174
Thai 9,273 3,159 6,114
Laotian 605 283 322
Vietnamese 16,648 7,057 9,591
Other Asian languages 7,381 5,105 2,276
Language Estimated Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Tagalog 90,484 61,288 29,196
Other Pacific Island languages 8,947 5,618 3,329
Navajo 92 75 17
Other Native North American languages 344 304 40
Hungarian 2,990 2,035 955
Arabic 13,908 9,126 4,782
Hebrew 17,972 14,389 3,583
African languages 9,539 6,627 2,912
Other and unspecified languages 2,601 1,541 1,060

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


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