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English proficiency of Chinese population in the U.S., 2019


% among those ages 5 and older who are English proficient
CategoryEnglish proficient
All61%
U.S. born93%
Foreign born44%
Adults57%
   
All Asians72%

Note: Proficient English speakers are those who speak only English at home, or if they speak a non-English language at home, they indicate they can speak English at least “very well.” Chinese also includes those identifying as Taiwanese. Figures for Chinese and all Asians based on mixed-race and mixed-group populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. See methodology for more detail.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2017-2019 American Community Survey (IPUMS).

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