Did you know that the United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world? Since 1965, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. has more than quadrupled.
Today, immigrants account for 13.5% of the total United States population, and that number is expected to grow at a rapid pace. In fact, it is projected that immigration will account for 88% of the U.S. population increase through 2065.
How do language and immigration trends inform how we communicate today?
As our country becomes more culturally and linguistically diverse, organizations across all industries must be able to quickly and effectively overcome language barriers in order to serve diverse populations. Understanding current immigration trends helps organizations plan, connect with, and better serve multicultural customers.
Use the following infographic to deepen your understanding of immigration trends and language support needs in the United States.
Immigration Trends and Population Growth in the United States
Immigration Trends and Language: Communication in a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse World
Spanish the second most commonly spoken language in the United States (after English). Spanish is the primary language of 39.1 million U.S. residents—13.4% of the total population.
While many organizations understand the need for providing Spanish language services, there are several other languages that are widely spoken throughout the United States, and at least 350 languages are spoken in U.S. homes.
According to the 2016 American Community Survey, here are the languages spoken in U.S. homes with over 1 million speakers:
- Spanish – 40.5 million
- Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese) – 3.4 million
- Tagalog (including Filipino) – 1.7 million
- Vietnamese – 1.5 million
- Arabic – 1.2 million
- French – 1.2 million
- Korean – 1.1 million
A few other commonly spoken languages include: German (964,000), Russian (900,000), Hindi (737,000), and Portuguese – 699,000.
While many immigrants are proficient in their use of the English language, foreign-born populations are more likely to be limited English proficient (LEP). As of 2018, 52.2% of immigrants ages 5 and older were considered English proficient.
10 Facts About Immigration and Language Trends in the U.S.
As immigration trends continue, and our nation grows more diverse – both culturally and linguistically, the need to improve communication for limited English speakers grows as well.
Professional language services help businesses connect with multicultural consumers. Telelanguage provides the highest quality language interpretation and translation solutions, empowering organizations of all sizes, to communicate in over 300 languages, 24/7, 365 days a year.
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Translation Services: Written translation can be very valuable for providing non-English speaking customers with your written materials. In order to help you better serve your customers, Telelanguage has the capacity to professionally translate materials from English to over 100 target languages and vice versa. Our translators are subject-matter experts to ensure that you get the most qualified translator for your project.
On-Site Interpretation: Have a meeting be planned in advance at your physical location? Telelanguage provides On-site Interpreters that can be at your location to help you communicate with non-English speaking clients.
Telelanguage has been empowering organizations to communicate with limited English proficient and deaf and hard-of-hearing populations since 1991. Telelelanguage connects clients to skilled and certified interpreters – with more languages than any other provider, and the quickest connect times in the industry. Our goal is to help our clients provide the highest quality language support to limited-English speaking customers. To prove ourselves, we offer free trial minutes with no obligation or contract to sign.
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