Minnesota has a much higher percentage of households in which English is not spoken exclusively compared to Wisconsin.
Washington County has about three times the proportion of non-English-exclusive speaking households than the other five counties in the region.
In Wisconsin, slightly more than 8% of households don’t speak English exclusively. The proportion of households in Burnett, Polk, Pierce and St. Croix in which English is not the only language spoken in the home, is less than half of the state average.
The northern-most counties, Burnett and Polk, have particularly low proportions of households in which something other than English is spoken.
The proportion of households that are not exclusively English-speaking has been steady over time.
The proportion of households that are not exclusively English-speaking has been trending upward in Minnesota. Since 2016, the proportion of households Washington County who don’t only speak English has also trended upward.
The proportion of non-exclusive English speaking households in Chisago County fell slowly from 2011 to 2017, but has risen slightly since.