Being multi-lingual is an asset in today’s global economy — and it’s a skill worth supporting and developing, according to experts.
In America, 12 million kids speak a language other than English at home. This figure represents 22% of the child population — a rate that varies greatly by state.
For instance, kids are more likely to speak a language other than English in the border states of California (44%), Texas (36%) New Mexico (33%) and Nevada (also 33%).
Kids are least likely to speak a second language at home in West Virginia (2%) and Montana (3%), as well as in Mississippi, Maine and North Dakota (all 4%).
Explore more family and community statistics — at the state and national level — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.