Phoenix ranks No. 8 among most bilingual cities in the country
The ability to speak more than one language can come in handy, and not just if you’re visiting a foreign country. Bing bilingual can be a valuable asset in the United States, as more than 1 in 5 Americans speak a language other than English at home. So, what are the most bilingual cities in the country?
Worldwide, approximately 43% of the world’s population was bilingual in 2021. There are many benefits to being bilingual. It leads to improved memory and attention spans. Bilingual speakers are also better listeners because they can decode sounds and pick out relevant parts of speech. And there’s evidence that bilingualism can spark greater creativity, as well.
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The ability to speak two or more languages varies from place to place worldwide, with some 42% of the population in Switzerland using two or more languages in everyday life, but just 20% doing the same in France. That’s also true in the United States, where residents of some regions are more likely to be bilingual or multilingual than people in other places.
With this in mind, we decided to conduct a study to find out which U.S. cities were the most bilingual. To do so, we analyzed language data from the U.S. Census Bureau in 25 of the biggest cities in the country to determine how many residents speak just English, a language other than English, and both a language other than English and English “very well.”
• Phoenix is the 8th most bilingual city in the country with 24% bilingual residents.
• On average, 1 in 5 residents in the largest cities in the nation are bilingual.
• El Paso, Texas is the most bilingual city in the country, followed by Los Angeles, California and San Jose, California.
• Detroit, Michigan is the least bilingual city in the country, followed by Indianapolis, Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee.