Language Spoken at Home
Los Angeles County

Persons 5 years and over, 2000 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.