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Census: 128 Languages Spoken In South Florida Homes

Nov 3, 2015
U.S. Census Bureau


At least 350 languages were spoken in U.S. households between 2009 and 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

It is one of the most comprehensive data ever collected by the Census' American Community Survey. ACS previously had only 39 language groups available to classify its data annually.


In the Miami metropolitan area – Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties – 128 languages are spoken at home.


John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Most of the students at Royal Palm Elementary in Miami have Spanish-speaking families.

But those families also want their kids to speak – and read and write – more Spanish in school.

So teacher Alexandra Martin is leading her first grade class through “Vamos Papa,” with each child reading a passage from the Spanish language story. Martin helps students through proper pronunciation and words they stumble on.

This is the Miami-Dade public schools’ extended foreign language program, or EFL