Number of Non-English Speakers in U.S. Has Soared

From a story on by Russell Contreras headlined “Number of non-English speakers in U.S. soared since 1980”:

The number of people in the United States who speak a language other than English at home — mainly Spanish — has nearly tripled over the last 40 years, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Why it matters: Major shifts in immigration from Latin America and Asia have transformed the nation’s linguistic diversity and reshaped the United States.

By the numbers: The report found that 67.8 million (almost 1 in 5) people spoke another language besides English. In 1980, that number was 23.1 million (about 1 in 10).