Washington: Almost 6.5 Lakh in United States speak Hindi, while more than 8 lakh people say various regional Indian languages, report on the Census languages released today show.
Although none of the Indic languages appear in the Top 10 languages spoken in the United States, the report shows the South Asian languages have registered significant growth in the last decade.
"South Asian languages in particular experienced rapid growth. Other Asian languages, the group is composed mainly of South Asian languages, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil rose by 115% and increased by 105% Hindi, "the report said.
"Other Indic languages — for example, Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi — grew by 86%. Slow growing South Asian languages were Gujarati (52%) and Urdu (42 per cent), the reports said.
This report, ' the use of language in the United States: ', detail the number of 2011 people speaking languages other than English at home and ability to speak English, selected social and demographic characteristics.
In addition to English and Spanish, there are six languages in year 2011, spoken at home by at least one million people. They are Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, French, German, and Korean.
According to the Census as 6, 48, 983 people in the United States of America stated that they speak Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati, say 3, 73, 851 and 358.422 respectively. As 8, 15, 345 Americans speak other Indian languages.
Data from the American community survey, shows that more than half (58 percent) residents of United States, over the age of 5 years who speak languages other than English at home also speak English very well.
The report shows that the percentage speaking English "less than very well," rose from 8.1% in 2000 to 8.7% in 2007, but has remained stable since then. "This study demonstrates the growing role of languages in addition to English in the national fabric. Nevertheless, in the
the same time that more people speak languages other than English at home, the percentage of people speaking English capably remains unchanged, "said Camilla Ryan, a statistician at the Census Bureau's education and social stratification branch and author of the report.