English only: Just 54 percent
August 26, 2014
By Lisa Gray
We all know that Houston is wildly multi-cultural and that its Hispanic population is growing fast. But just how multi-cultural? and how fast?
Today's astounding facts and charts are from the City of Houston's Planning and Development Department. Among the highlights:
• In Houston, just 54 percent of persons five years and older speak only English at home. That's compared to 79 percent in the United States.
• In Houston, 38 percent of persons five years and older speak Spanish at home. That's compared to 29 percent in all of Texas; and 13 percent in the United States.
• Spanish speakers are spread throughout Houston, but not evenly. In City Council Districts H, I and J, more than 55 percent of residents speak Spanish at home.
• In Council Districts C, D and G, more than 70 percent of residents speak only English.
• In the city as a whole, 9 percent of residents speak a language other than English or Spanish at home. In District F, that figure is 23 percent.
Source: Houston Chronicle