Report: 163 Languages Spoken At Home In Phoenix Area

By Claire Caulfield
Published: Monday, November 16, 2015 - 5:05am

A new report found that at least 163 languages are spoken at home in the Phoenix metro area. The U.S. Census Bureau released their largest amount of data on languages spoken in the U.S. and found over 350 languages in homes across the nation.

Phoenix is unique in a number of ways said Christine Gambino, survey statistician with the U.S. Census Bureau.

“What I find most interesting about the Phoenix area in particular is the native north American languages being represented and really being preserved there,” Gambino said. 

“For example, if we look at the Pima language, about 44 percent of all the people speaking Pima at home in the U.S. live in the Phoenix metro area," he said.

Of the people who spoke a language other than English at home, about 78 percent spoke Spanish in Phoenix, compared to about 62 percent nationwide, and about 1 million people in Phoenix speak a language other than English at home.