Diversity has become the rule rather than the exception in New Jersey. Of the state’s more than 8 million residents, 27 percent — or 2,238,755 people —
speak a language other than English at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In addition, about 11.7 percent of residents, although they can speak English, say they do so “less than well.”
The rest of the country, while a bit more homogenous than the Garden State, has 19.6 percent of the population who speak a language other than English at home.
In New Jersey, 13.9 percent of those in the ACS survey say they speak Spanish at home, while 8.3 percent say they speak other Indo-European languages. About 4.2 percent say they speak an Asian or other Pacific Island language.