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Language Spoken at Home
Los Angeles County

Persons 5 years & Over
2015 Estimates*


Language Totem in Grand Central Park, Los Angeles. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

Also see Language Spoken at Home, Los Angeles County, 2010 Estimates



Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Total 9,396,753 --- ---
Speak only English 4,062,062 --- ---
Latin (Romance) & Southern European Languages
Spanish or Spanish Creole 3,703,685 2,076,331 1,627,354
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 40,907 34,523 6,384
French Creole 3,414 2,995 419
Italian 15,260 12,393 2,867
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 11,649 8,489 3,160
Greek 6,873 5,328 1,545
Northern European Languages
German 22,427 19,889 2,538
Yiddish 1,744 1,501 243
Other West Germanic languages 5,959 5,174 785
Scandinavian languages 5,697 4,942 755
Slavic Languages & Hungarian
Russian 51,491 26,147 25,344
Polish 5,566 4,064 1,502
Serbo-Croatian 5,644 4,124 1,520
Other Slavic languages 5,974 3,971 2,003
Hungarian 4,426 2,974 1,452
Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Indic & Other Indo-European Languages
Armenian 171,297 86,862 84,435
Persian 74,136 43,207 30,929
Gujarati 9,504 6,790 2,714
Hindi 23,143 18,241 4,902
Urdu 9,886 6,776 3,110
Other Indic languages 27,232 16,005 11,227
Other Indo-European languages 11,238 7,356 3,882
Asian Languages
Chinese 364,931 145,019 219,912
Japanese 52,243 26,386 25,857
Korean 183,717 72,741 110,976
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 29,611 12,728 16,883
Hmong 1,195 852 343
Thai 21,848 8,279 13,569
Laotian 3,276 1,674 1,602
Vietnamese 80,051 31,469 48,582
Other Asian languages 26,716 16,603 10,113
Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Pacific Islander Languages
Tagalog 230,956 157,559 73,397
Other Pacific Island languages 27,726 18,163 9,563
Arabic, Hebrew, African, Native North American & Other Languages
Arabic 43,908 26,799 17,109
Hebrew 23,364 18,732 4,632
African languages 20,487 14,819 5,668
Navajo 221 196 25
Other Native North American languages 1,290 1,185 105
Other and unspecified languages 5,999 3,606 2,393

* Annual estimate from data collected for U.S. Census American Community Survey over 5-Year period

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.