With more than 350 languages spoken from coast to coast, America is unique in its multilingualism. One in five of us – more than 67 million in total – speak a language other than English at home.
Our new infographic shows you the top languages spoken in your community.As they often do, minority populations have borne the brunt of this health emergency. There are several oft-cited reasons for this: the prevalence of frontline jobs, crowded living conditions, and pre-existing conditions, among them. One that is mentioned less often is language. Compared to the amount of information available to English speakers, those who are limited-English proficient are seeing this issue through a keyhole.
We are only as strong as our most vulnerable populations, which means that our road to physical, economic, and social recovery goes through language.
Every organization large and small needs a language-access program. A solid plan begins with knowing the languages that are spoken in your region. These figures are taken from the 40 million-plus interactions LanguageLine has handled in the past 12 months.
This map focuses on diversity hubs throughout the United States. Please contact us if you would like to know the top languages spoken in your area.