About This Statistic
The statistic shows the most spoken languages worldwide. 1,500 million people worldwide speak English, of whom only 375 million are native speakers.
Spoken languages in the United States
The United States does not have an official language, but they use English, specifically American English, for legislation, regulation and other official pronouncements.
America is a land of immigrations and the languages spoken in the United States vary as a result of the multi-cultural population.
The second most common language spoken in the United States is Spanish or Spanish Creole, over 34,559,894 people spoke Spanish at home in 2008. While 2,465,761 Chinese speakers, 1,122,014 German speakers and 1,1225,014 Russian speakers were counted in the United States in 2008.
The primary language use among Hispanics in the United States in 2011, was English for 69 percent of third and higher generation Hispanics, whereas 61 percent of the first generation Hispanics were speaking primarily Spanish.
The percentage of people in the United States speaking a language other than English at home in 2012 varies from state to state. The state with the highest percentage of population speaking a language other than English is California, about 44.3 percent of California’s population was speaking a language other than English at home.
As of 2012, approximately 21 percent of the United States’ population was speaking a different language at home.