DefinitionThe percentage of persons living in households where English is not spoken at home.
NumeratorEstimated population age 5 years and older living in households where English is not spoken at home.
DenominatorEstimated population age 5 years and older.
Data Interpretation IssuesData are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. The degree of uncertainty for an estimate arising from sampling variability is represented through the use of a margin of error. The margin of error can be interpreted roughly as providing a 90 percent probability that the interval defined by the estimate minus the margin of error and the estimate plus the margin of error (the lower and upper confidence bounds) contains the true value. In addition to sampling variability, the ACS estimates are subject to non-sampling error.
Estimates of urban and rural population, housing units, and characteristics reflect boundaries of urban areas defined based on Census 2010 data. As a result, data for urban and rural areas from the ACS do not necessarily reflect the results of ongoing urbanization.
Why Is This Important?Speaking another language can influence 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 access.
Other ObjectivesNew Mexico Early Learning Indicator