Heritage Language Teacher Workshop
Finding U.S. Census Bureau Data on Language and Origin
The table below shows how to find information based on your topic of interest.
|Home speakers of a language other than English (39 languages/ groups included)||from nation to census tract||
Table B16001 (Language Spoken at Home by Ability to Speak English).
|Foreign born population||same as above||
Table B05006 (Place of Birth for the Foreign-Born Population); over 108 countries listed.
|Info on speakers of languages not listed in Table B16001||nation and state
(+ District of Columbia) only
|Table 1 (Detailed Language Spoken at Home and Ability to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Older by States). 300+ languages listed. Available here; click on "Detailed Tables."|
|Modifying Table B16001 to list languages by # of speakers||from nation to census tract||Quick version: use the sort feature either in Excel or Word. For more more details, see Tutorial #2.|
|Percent of LOTE speakers and the foreign born||
for nation, state,
|Census Bureau's "Quick Facts," available here|
|Same as above||from nation
to census tract
|Table DP02 (Selected Social Characteristics) from American Fact Finder; if you need help, use Tutorial #1.|
to census tract
a) Table B04001 (First Ancestry Reported)
To find these tables, start at American Fact Finder
- The source for all tables, except for "Quick Facts" and Table 1, is American Fact Finder. Tutorial #1 can be used for all American Fact Finder tables.
- When you search for a table, you can choose from 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year estimates. You may choose any/all of them, but the 5-year estimate is recommended for two reasons:
a) It is the only one with enough data to report on geographies smaller than about 300,000 persons, and
b) It is considered the most accurate of all estimates.
- U.S. Census Bureau Home Page
- Census Bureau's Language Use page. This page links to Table 1 (detailed language spoken at home) and includes other worthwhile tables and reports.
- Latest Questionnaire used in the American Community Survey, the Census Bureau's souce of data on language and origin
- American Community Survey's reports on the foreign born, including The Newly Arrived Foreign Born Population of the U.S.
- State Departments of Education. Some of them, including California's DataQuest, provide useful data, others do not. It's worth checking for your state.
- The Pew Hispanic Center has an excellent web page with data on people of Hispanic origin in the U.S.
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