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Population Demographic Characteristics - Language Other Than English Spoken at Home

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In 2017, 60% of those who spoke a language other than English at home also spoke English "very well."

The Percentage of Persons Age 5 and Over where a Language Other than English is Spoken at Home by County, New Mexico, 2015-2019

The Percentage of Persons Age 5 and Over where a Language Other than English is Spoken at Home by Small Area, New Mexico, 2013-2017

The Percentage of Persons Age 5 and Over where a Language Other than English is Spoken at Home by School District, New Mexico, 2015-2019

The Percentage of Persons Age 5 and Over where a Language Other than English is Spoken at Home by 2010 U.S. Census Tracts, New Mexico, 2015-2019

Why Is This Important?

Speaking another language influences how a person is able to interact with others and participate in economic, educational and other opportunities. Knowing the proportion of people who might need help in understanding English can inform policies, programs and services. Addressing language barriers can help eliminate health disparities by removing language related barriers to healthcare information and access.

Definition

The percentage of persons living in households where English is not spoken at home. American Community Survey population estimates are the calculated number of people living in an area as of a specified point in time, usually July 1st. The estimated population is calculated using a component of change model that incorporates information on natural increase (births, deaths) and net migration (net domestic migration, net international migration) that has occurred in an area since the latest decennial census.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program.
    (http://gps.unm.edu/)
  • U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
    (http://data.census.gov)

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Estimated population age 5 years and older living in households where English is not spoken at home.
Denominator:Estimated population age 5 years and older.

More Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. 2013. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/OMHHE.html Dominguez, K., Penman-Aguilar, A., Chang, M., Moonesinghe, R., Castellanos, T., Rodriguez-Lainz, A., Schieber, R. Vital Signs: Leading Causes of Death, Prevalence of Diseases and Risk Factors, and Use of Health Services Among Hispanics in the United States ? 2009?2013. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 2015. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6417a5.htm?s_cid=mm6417a5_w United States Census Bureau. Language Use in the United States. 2011. Available from: https://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/acs-22.pdf

Indicator Data Last Updated On 07/01/2021, Published on 04/08/2022
Community Health Assessment Program, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 S. Saint Francis Drive, P.O. Box 26110, Santa Fe, NM, 87502. Contact Rena Manning at rena.manning@state.nm.us