Languages Spoken at Home by Fairfax County Elementary Students


Introduction

 In the Fairfax-Falls Church Area, the Census Bureau estimates that 373,215 persons (or 34% of the area’s total population) speak a language other than English at home (2007-2012 ACS PUMS). September 2012 Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) student registration data show that nearly half (49%) of the 96,483 students enrolled in elementary school spoke a language other than English at home. The FCPS data also show that over 170 languages are spoken at home by elementary students and their families. The series of maps on this web page illustrate the geographic dispersion of the most frequently spoken languages other than English among FCPS elementary school students. 

Chart Ranking Languages Spoken by FCPS Elementary Students Click on image to enlarge
The chart to the left ranks some of the languages by frequency spoken among FCPS elementary school students for 2009 and 2012. Spanish was the most frequently spoken language in both years. Arabic, Amharic and Telugu increased in rank between 2009 and 2012; while Korean, Farsi/Persian and Tagalog decreased in rank. However, the rankings of languages spoken by FCPS elementary school students do not represent the rank order of these languages among the area’s total population nor do the rankings reflect overall trends in ethnicity. 

Languages of the World, by Kenneth Katzner, was the primary resource used to group languages into language families (e.g.: Romance, Indo-Iranian, etc.).

All Maps are in PDF Format

 


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