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Language Spoken at Home
Los Angeles County

Persons 5 years & Over
2010 Estimate*


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

Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Total 9,098,454 6,644,754 2,453,700
English & Northern European Languages
Speak only English 3,966,317 --- ---
German 25,684 22,492 3,192
Yiddish 2,819 2,418 401
Other West Germanic languages 5,858 4,872 986
Scandinavian languages 5,604 5,068 536
Latin (Romance) & Southern European Languages
Spanish or Spanish Creole 3,582,992 1,856,091 1,726,901
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 34,918 28,554 6,364
French Creole 2,685 2,396 289
Italian 16,917 12,255 4,662
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 11,100 7,708 3,392
Greek 6,955 5,155 1,800
Slavic Languages
Russian 47,620 21,162 26,458
Polish 6,352 4,171 2,181
Serbo-Croatian 6,803 5,258 1,545
Other Slavic languages 5,818 3,765 2,053
Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Indic & Other Indo-European Languages
Armenian 154,419 76,619 77,800
Persian 72,426 40,799 31,627
Gujarati 8,960 6,213 2,747
Hindi 19,952 15,101 4,851
Urdu 9,695 6,792 2,903
Other Indic languages 26,148 15,668 10,480
Other Indo-European languages 10,242 6,570 3,672
Asian Languages
Chinese 331,246 135,408 195,838
Japanese 57,376 27,576 29,800
Korean 183,700 65,835 117,865
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 28,194 11,827 16,367
Hmong 870 523 347
Thai 21,874 8,732 13,142
Laotian 3,134 1,472 1,662
Vietnamese 74,689 28,805 45,884
Other Asian languages 20,130 12,905 7,225
Language Total Speakers Speak English "very well" Speak English less than "very well"
Pacific Islander Languages
Tagalog 223,572 152,717 70,855
Other Pacific Island languages 31,723 20,324 11,399
Native North American, Hungarian, Arabic, Hebrew, African & Other Languages
Navajo 221 155 66
Other Native North American languages 781 658 123
Hungarian 5,521 3,633 1,888
Arabic 38,043 23,622 14,421
Hebrew 23,360 18,587 4,773
African languages 19,186 13,658 5,528
Other and unspecified languages 4,550 2,873 1,677

* 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.