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Language Spoken at Home
Persons 5 Years of Age and Older
Los Angeles County, 2000 Census

                                                                                                                                                          1990 Census

Language Spoken

Total Age 5 & over

Age 5 to 17 years

Age 18 years & over

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Total

8,791,096

100.00%

1,931,560

100.00%

6,859,536

100.00%

Speak only English

4,032,614

45.87%

799,159

41.37%

3,233,455

47.14%

Spanish or Spanish Creole

3,330,935

37.89%

914,412

47.34%

2,416,523

35.23%

French (incl. Patois, Cajun)

38,952

0.44%

4,023

0.21%

34,929

0.51%

French Creole

2,057

0.02%

322

0.02%

1,735

0.03%

Italian

21,088

0.24%

1,277

0.07%

19,811

0.29%

Portuguese or Portuguese Creole

10,112

0.12%

1,360

0.07%

8,752

0.13%

German

29,002

0.33%

1,942

0.10%

27,060

0.39%

Yiddish

5,314

0.06%

237

0.01%

5,077

0.07%

Other West Germanic languages

7,558

0.09%

265

0.01%

7,293

0.11%

Scandinavian languages

6,498

0.07%

423

0.02%

6,075

0.09%

Greek

7,455

0.08%

427

0.02%

7,028

0.10%

Russian

44,048

0.50%

5,459

0.28%

38,589

0.56%

Polish

6,731

0.08%

624

0.03%

6,107

0.09%

Serbo-Croatian

7,672

0.09%

635

0.03%

7,037

0.10%

Other Slavic languages

6,220

0.07%

674

0.03%

5,546

0.08%

Language Spoken

Total Age 5 & over

Age 5 to 17 years

Age 18 years & over

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Armenian

138,015

1.57%

27,495

1.42%

110,520

1.61%

Persian

68,192

0.78%

10,647

0.55%

57,545

0.84%

Gujarathi

9,186

0.10%

1,726

0.09%

7,460

0.11%

Hindi

13,245

0.15%

1,905

0.10%

11,340

0.17%

Urdu

7,759

0.09%

1,716

0.09%

6,043

0.09%

Other Indic languages

19,450

0.22%

3,139

0.16%

16,311

0.24%

Other Indo-European languages

10,838

0.12%

1,309

0.07%

9,529

0.14%

Chinese

287,724

3.27%

47,321

2.45%

240,403

3.50%

Japanese

59,885

0.68%

5,781

0.30%

54,104

0.79%

Korean

165,158

1.88%

29,891

1.55%

135,267

1.97%

Mon-Khmer, Cambodian

29,117

0.33%

9,509

0.49%

19,608

0.29%

Miao, Hmong

449

0.01%

160

0.01%

289

0.00%

Thai

21,624

0.25%

3,386

0.18%

18,238

0.27%

Laotian

3,644

0.04%

890

0.05%

2,754

0.04%

Vietnamese

71,664

0.82%

13,009

0.67%

58,655

0.86%

Other Asian languages

12,843

0.15%

1,381

0.07%

11,462

0.17%

Language Spoken

Total Age 5 & over

Age 5 to 17 years

Age 18 years & over

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Tagalog

195,671

2.23%

21,604

1.12%

174,067

2.54%

Other Pacific Island languages

27,736

0.32%

4,991

0.26%

22,745

0.33%

Navajo

336

0.00%

9

0.00%

327

0.00%

Other Native North American languages

997

0.01%

90

0.00%

907

0.01%

Hungarian

8,238

0.09%

495

0.03%

7,743

0.11%

Arabic

37,148

0.42%

6,533

0.34%

30,615

0.45%

Hebrew

20,962

0.24%

3,945

0.20%

17,017

0.25%

African languages

15,615

0.18%

2,059

0.11%

13,556

0.20%

Other and unspecified languages

9,344

0.11%

1,330

0.07%

8,014

0.12%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

According to Professor Vyacheslav Ivanov of UCLA, there are at least 224 identified languages in Los Angeles County. This does not include differing dialects. Professor Ivanov estimates that publications are locally produced in about 180 of these languages. Only 92 languages have been specifically identified among students of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Also see Project Languages of Los Angeles Maps

 

 

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