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New Jersey ranks fourth in the nation for the highest number of residents who speak a language other than English at home.
In fact, a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau on language use finds that nationwide, 20.8 percent of Americans speak a language besides English at home. In New Jersey, that percentage stands at 30.4, the fourth-highest in the country.
“Historically, New Jersey has always been a gateway state. If you go back over the various immigration waves into the country from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, you would find a similar position for New Jersey in terms of diversity and population,” said Joe Seneca, Economics Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.
“The metropolitan area has always been a gateway region. We have large numbers of foreign-born and foreign-speaking residents.”
According to the report, in the Garden State, 57.4 percent of residents who speak a language other than English also speak English “very well,” 20.7 percent speak English “well,” 15.4 percent speak the language “not well,” while 6.4 percent don’t speak it at all.
California has the highest number of residents who speak a language other than English at home. New Mexico comes in at number two followed by Texas and then New Jersey.