What percentage of Americans are bilingual?

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According to NPR, about 20 percent of Americans are bilingual, as of 2013. This varies considerably by city and region. In a cosmopolitan city like New York City, as many as 60 percent of Americans grow up speaking two languages.

Being bilingual is linked to preventing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Studies show that those who are bilingual since childhood retain better higher level thinking as they age, sometimes comparable to that of a young adult. Additionally, bilingualism has been linked to increased multitasking and higher career earnings. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the United States.

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