Hyderabad: Ahead of the World Telugu Conference that will begin in Hyderabad on December 15, here is some good news for those who love the language. The latest American Community Survey, released by the United States Census Bureau, has revealed that Telugu is one of the most popular spoken languages in the US.
According to the survey, there were currently 321,695 people, aged five and older, who spoke Telugu at home, thus making it the 20th most spoken language in the U.S.
Katherine Hadda, US Consul General in Hyderabad, tweeted on Wednesday, quoting the survey and saying ‘Did you know Telugu is one of the most popular spoken languages in the US? There are over 300,000 people who speak Telugu at home and it is the 20th most spoken language in the US.”
#DYK Telugu is one of the most popular spoken languages in the U.S? There are over 300,000 people who speak #Telugu at home & it is the 20th most spoken language in the U.S. @uscensusbureau. For more details on #ACSData please see: https://t.co/Z1O6DlV1VA
— Katherine Hadda (@USCGHyderabad) December 13, 2017
As per the survey, between 2012 and 2016, 21.1 percent (63,172,059) of the population in the US, aged five and older, spoke a language other than English at home, an increase from 20.3 percent in the 2007-2011 American Community Survey five-year estimates data.
Of those who spoke a language other than English at home, 59.7 percent (37,731,103) also spoke English “very well”. This proportion too had increased from 57.1 percent in 2007-2011.
The survey, which quotes new data available for the five languages of Haitian, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil, says 321,695 people aged 5 and older, spoke Telugu at home while there were 238,699 people speaking Tamil at home. Both were evenly distributed across many parts of the nation. For both languages, the highest concentration of speakers lived in California, followed by Texas and New Jersey, it said.
Of the 280,867 people aged five and older who spoke Punjabi at home, 48 percent lived in California. Of the 259,204 people aged five and older who spoke Bengali at home, 38.6 percent lived in New York.
The American Community Survey is the only source of small area statistics for social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics. It gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision-makers who count on these annual results, the Census Bureau’s website said.