Hawaii top state for most non-English speakers

Hawaii top state for most non-English speakers

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A report from the state shows Hawaii has the highest proportion of non-English speakers among other states in the nation.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism found that about 25 percent of Hawaiians speak languages other than English at home, compared to about 20 percent of U.S. residents. Officials compiled the report in April using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In Hawaii, the most common languages spoken at home other than English are the Philippine languages of Ilocano and Tagalog. National statistics show Spanish is the most common secondary language spoken in households.

Honolulu County had the highest percentage of non-English speakers in the state and Hawaii County had the lowest.

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