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English Proficiency by Language (Los Angeles County, 2012)

Ability to speak English by language spoken at home, population 5 years and older, Los Angeles County 2012.

  • Of those who speak an Asian or Pacific Island language at home in Los Angeles County, more than half (51.7%) speak English less than "very well."
     
  • Of those who speak Spanish at home in Los Angeles County, nearly half (45.9%) speak English less than "very well."

Language Spoken at Home,
Los Angeles County, 2012

Percentage Who Speak English Less than "Very Well" within Specified Language Group

Spanish or Spanish Creole

45.9%

Asian and Pacific Islander Languages (details below)

51.7%

Other Indo-European Languages (details below)

38.9%

Other Languages (details below)

31.3%

 

 

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Spanish or Spanish Creole

3,657,196

1,677,370

45.9%

 

Asian and Pacific
Islander Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Chinese

349,941

208,115

59.5%

Japanese

51,892

24,908

48.0%

Korean

188,514

115,431

61.2%

Mon-Khmer,
Cambodian

30,208

17,284

57.2%

Hmong

899

292

32.5%

Thai

25,209

15,282

60.6%

Laotian

3,171

1,325

41.8%

Vietnamese

81,744

48,106

58.8%

Other Asian
languages

25,134

9,476

37.7%

Tagalog

225,847

72,496

32.1%

Other Pacific
Island languages

27,549

9,425

34.2%

Total

1,010,108

522,140

51.7%

 

Other Indo-
European
Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

French

40,104

6,703

16.7%

French Creole

2,995

404

13.5%

Italian

15,579

3,370

21.6%

Portuguese or
Portuguese
Creole

12,518

3,351

26.8%

German

24,188

3,015

12.5%

Yiddish

1,833

289

15.8%

Other West
Germanic
languages

5,646

971

17.2%

Scandinavian
languages

5,442

423

7.8%

Greek

6,947

1,714

24.7%

Russian

51,104

27,548

53.9%

Polish

5,215

1,416

27.2%

Serbo-Croatian

6,462

1,419

22.0%

Other Slavic
languages

6,296

2,071

32.9%

Armenian

172,290

88,514

51.4%

Persian

74,097

30,738

41.5%

Gujarati

9,820

3,022

30.8%

Hindi

23,108

5,904

25.5%

Urdu

8,541

2,421

28.3%

Other Indic
languages

26,255

11,012

41.9%

Other Indo-
European
languages

10,822

3,742

34.6%

Total

509,262

198,047

38.9%

 

Other
Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Navajo

141

28

19.9%

Other Native
North American
languages

559

148

26.5%

Hungarian

4,896

1,755

35.8%

Arabic

44,071

17,013

38.6%

Hebrew

24,678

4,780

19.4%

African
languages

21,608

5,915

27.4%

Other and
unspecified
languages

5,430

2,065

38.0%

Total

101,383

31,704

31.3%

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