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Nearly One Third of New Jersey Residents Don’t Speak English at Home

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Do you speak English in your home? What about your friends? A new census report says about 1 in 3 New Jersey residents don’t speak English at home.

That’s well above the national average of 20.8. According to,

The three states with a larger percentage of people speaking something besides English are California (43.6 percent), New Mexico (36.5 percent) and Texas (34.7 percent), the report said.

Nearly 40 percent of people in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island metropolitan area speak another language, one of the highest percentages in the country. About half speak Spanish, 29 percent speak “other Indo-European languages” and 15.7 percent converse in Asian-Pacific languages.

Of the 2,520,761 people in New Jersey who don’t speak English at home, 57.4 percent said they speak English “very well,” and 20.7 percent claim to speak it “well.” About 6.4 percent said they speak no English.

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