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Rise in English proficiency among US Hispanics

Woman learning english at home with a computer laptop.A new Pew Research Center study based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau found that English proficiency among Hispanics living in the country has increased significantly over the past 14 years, mostly due to the growing share of younger Latinos born in the U.S.

The report found that more Hispanics living in the U.S. were born here than arrived as immigrants. In 2014, 65 percent were U.S.-born, 5 percentage points up from 2000. As a consequence, more young Hispanics are growing up in homes where English is spoken predominantly, 37 percent compared with 30 percent in 2000.

Some 88 percent of Hispanics aged 5 to 17 reported in 2014 that they either speak only English at home or they speak English very well. In 2000, the share was 73 percent. Proficiency in English has also improved among the next age group. 76 percent of Latinos aged 18 to 33 said they speak only English at home or they speak English very well. By comparison, 59 percent were in this category in 2000.

Among older Hispanics, the change was less visible. In 2014, 55 percent of Latinos aged 34 to 49 said they only spoke English at home or have a very good level of English proficiency, up from 53 percent in 2000. Among Latinos aged 69 or older, 43 percent reported they spoke English proficiently in 2014, up from 42 percent in 2000.

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