English proficiency among foreign-born adults by years since arrival U.S. 2017

This statistic shows the distribution of English language proficiency among foreign-born adults in the United States in 2017, by years living in the U.S.. Around 20.5 percent of foreign-born adults living in the U.S. for 20 years or more speak only English at home as of 2017.

Distribution of English language proficiency among foreign-born adults in the United States in 2017, by years in the U.S.

Only English at homeEnglish "very well"English, but less than "very well"
0 to 5 years12.3%31.1%56.6%
6 to 10 years12%34.3%53.6%
11 to 15 years11.4%35.7%52.8%
16 to 20 years12.6%37.3%50.1%
Over 20 years20.5%35.7%43.8%
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Age group

18 years and older

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