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Language Spoken at Home
& Ability to Speak English
City of Los Angeles, 2000 Census

Persons 5 years & Over

LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME - CITY OF LOS ANGELES

Age Group Age 5 to 17 Age 18+ All Ages All Ages Percent
Total 696,630 2,716,259 3,412,889 100.00%
Speak only English 233,954 1,204,619 1,438,573 42.15%
Spanish or Spanish Creole 391,124 1,031,192 1,422,316 41.67%
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 1,843 18,178 20,021 0.59%
French Creole 141 757 898 0.03%
Italian 629 8,986 9,615 0.28%
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 382 3,391 3,773 0.11%
German 615 11,564 12,179 0.36%
Yiddish 199 3,883 4,082 0.12%
Other West Germanic languages 65 2,154 2,219 0.07%
Scandinavian languages 165 2,721 2,886 0.08%
Greek 122 2,934 3,056 0.09%
Russian 3,647 25,223 28,870 0.85%
Polish 209 3,236 3,445 0.10%
Serbo-Croatian 289 3,749 4,038 0.12%
Other Slavic languages 308 2,815 3,123 0.09%
Armenian 11,484 46,440 57,924 1.70%
Persian 6,325 36,718 43,043 1.26%
Gujarathi 226 2,147 2,373 0.07%
Hindi 727 5,139 5,866 0.17%
Urdu 731 2,492 3,223 0.09%
Other Indic languages 1,607 7,701 9,308 0.27%
Other Indo-European languages 540 4,827 5,367 0.16%
Chinese 6,593 46,335 52,928 1.55%
Japanese 1,226 20,438 21,664 0.63%
Korean 11,425 69,615 81,040 2.37%
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 1,234 2,784 4,018 0.12%
Miao, Hmong 0 43 43 0.00%
Thai 1,439 8,560 9,999 0.29%
Laotian 129 622 751 0.02%
Vietnamese 2,807 14,879 17,686 0.52%
Other Asian languages 390 4,368 4,758 0.14%
Tagalog 8,251 69,783 78,034 2.29%
Other Pacific Island languages 866 6,386 7,252 0.21%
Navajo 9 146 155 0.00%
Other Native North American languages 27 423 450 0.01%
Hungarian 179 4,325 4,504 0.13%
Arabic 2,062 11,516 13,578 0.40%
Hebrew 3,052 13,240 16,292 0.48%
African languages 823 6,630 7,453 0.22%
Other and unspecified languages 786 5,300 6,086 0.18%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Languages Spoken at Home by Individual City of Los Angeles Communities

ABILITY TO SPEAK ENGLISH - CITY OF LOS ANGELES

English Ability All Ages Age 5 to 17 Age 18 to 64 Age 65+
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Total 3,412,889 100.00% 696,630 100.00% 2,359,149 100.00% 357,110 100.00%
Speak only English 1,438,573 42.15% 233,954 33.58% 991,370 42.02% 213,249 59.72%
Speak Spanish 1,422,316 41.67% 391,124 56.15% 969,888 41.11% 61,304 17.17%
Speak English "very well" 569,278 16.68% 220,612 31.67% 329,757 13.98% 18,909 5.30%
Speak English "well" 338,459 9.92% 109,434 15.71% 217,528 9.22% 11,497 3.22%
Speak English "not well" 321,100 9.41% 47,870 6.87% 258,764 10.97% 14,466 4.05%
Speak English "not at all" 193,479 5.67% 13,208 1.90% 163,839 6.94% 16,432 4.60%
Speak other Indo-European languages 225,309 6.60% 30,254 4.34% 156,820 6.65% 38,235 10.71%
Speak English "very well" 132,603 3.89% 23,977 3.44% 94,079 3.99% 14,547 4.07%
Speak English "well" 53,159 1.56% 4,777 0.69% 40,090 1.70% 8,292 2.32%
Speak English "not well" 29,473 0.86% 1,348 0.19% 18,739 0.79% 9,386 2.63%
Speak English "not at all" 10,074 0.30% 152 0.02% 3,912 0.17% 6,010 1.68%
English Ability All Ages Age 5 to 17 Age 18 to 64 Age 65+
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Speak Asian & Pacific Island languages 278,173 8.15% 34,360 4.93% 205,074 8.69% 38,739 10.85%
Speak English "very well" 127,261 3.73% 21,420 3.07% 96,314 4.08% 9,527 2.67%
Speak English "well" 77,192 2.26% 8,984 1.29% 59,334 2.52% 8,874 2.48%
Speak English "not well" 58,190 1.71% 3,684 0.53% 41,897 1.78% 12,609 3.53%
Speak English "not at all" 15,530 0.46% 272 0.04% 7,529 0.32% 7,729 2.16%
Speak other languages 48,518 1.42% 6,938 1.00% 35,997 1.53% 5,583 1.56%
Speak English "very well" 32,021 0.94% 5,552 0.80% 23,983 1.02% 2,486 0.70%
Speak English "well" 10,345 0.30% 778 0.11% 7,921 0.34% 1,646 0.46%
Speak English "not well" 4,243 0.12% 496 0.07% 2,684 0.11% 1,063 0.30%
Speak English "not at all" 1,909 0.06% 112 0.02% 1,409 0.06% 388 0.11%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


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