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Children who have difficulty speaking English in United States

Children who have difficulty speaking English

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Definition and Source



The share of children ages 5 to 17 that speak English less than "Very well".

The Census Bureau advises that due to methodological changes to data collection, comparisons should be made with caution between 2013 estimates on 'English ability' and those from prior years.  For a detailed account of those changes see the following document:

Data Source

Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Supplementary Survey, 2001 Supplementary Survey, 2002 through 2019, 2021 American Community Survey.

These data were derived from ACS table C16004.


Updated October 2022.
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.
N.A. – Data not available.
Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts. Cities for which data is collected may change over time. 

Use caution when comparing congressional districts over time. Congressional district boundaries may change between decennial censuses. Annual data for each congressional district refers to the boundaries for that district in that year.

A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at Children who have difficulty speaking English.

Last Updated

October 2022