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Language Spoken at Home
Los Angeles County

Persons 5 years & Over
2019 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 Spoken at Home, Cities & Communities in Los Angeles County



Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Total 9,459,860 --- ---
Speak only English 4,086,991 --- ---
Latin (Romance) & Southern European Languages
Spanish 3,711,836 2,237,428 1,474,408
French (incl. Cajun) 34,494 29,391 5,103
Haitian 7,307 5,515 1,792
Italian 13,106 11,276 1,830
Portuguese 15,032 9,151 5,881
Greek 5,475 3,531 1,944
Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Northern European Languages
German 17,406 15,787 1,619
Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or other West Germanic languages (including Scandanavian) 7,012 5,755 1,257
Slavic Languages & Hungarian
Russian 50,284 31,031 19,253
Polish 4,625 3,172 1,453
Serbo-Croatian 5,148 4,352 796
Ukrainian or other Slavic languages 6,804 4,207 2,597
Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Indic & Other Indo-European Languages
Armenian 171,144 92,935 78,209
Persian (incl. Farsi, Dari) 80,026 49,944 30,082
Gujarati 8,109 6,141 1,968
Hindi 28,176 22,254 5,922
Urdu 9,397 6,717 2,680
Punjabi 13,058 8,437 4,621
Bengali 15,415 8,819 6,596
Nepali, Marathi, or other Indic languages 9,343 7,190 2,153
Other Indo-European languages 18,410 15,061 3,349
Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Asian Languages
Telugu 4,568 3,396 1,172
Tamil 8,223 6,192 2,031
Malayalam, Kannada, or other Dravidian languages 4,035 3,573 462
Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) 382,418 158,871 223,547
Japanese 45,887 23,922 21,965
Korean 168,924 70,343 98,581
Hmong 772 590 182
Vietnamese 85,182 33,877 51,305
Khmer 21,982 10,113 11,869
Thai, Lao, or other Tai-Kadai languages 25,995 8,833 17,162
Other languages of Asia 11,991 5,850 6,141
Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Pacific Islander Languages
Tagalog (incl. Filipino) 236,497 161,432 75,065
Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or other Austronesian languages 28,183 18,547 9,636
Arabic, Hebrew, African, Native North American & Other Languages
Arabic 45,216 28,493 16,723
Hebrew 27,179 23,750 3,429
Amharic, Somali, or other Afro-Asiatic languages 10,551 6,577 3,974
Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or other languages of Western Africa 19,173 16,456 2,717
Swahili or other languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa 4,509 3,795 714
Navajo 355 210 145
Other Native languages of North America 1,177 870 307
Other and unspecified languages 8,445 6,079 2,366

* Annual estimate from data collected by U.S. Census American Community Survey for 2019.

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.