Official Language Status
The United States does not have a national official language; nevertheless, English (specifically American English) is the primary language used for legislation, regulations, executive orders, treaties, federal court rulings, and all other official pronouncements; although there are laws requiring documents such as ballots to be printed in multiple languages when there are large numbers of non-English speakers in an area.
As part of what has been called the English-only movement, some states have adopted legislation granting official status to English. As of April 2011, out of 50 states, 28 had established English as the official language, including Hawaii where English and Hawaiian are both official.
|Place||English official||Other language(s)||Note||Ref|
|Alaska||Yes||No||since 2007; 1998 law ruled unconstitutional|
|Arizona||Yes||No||since 2006; 1988 law ruled unconstitutional|
|Illinois||Yes||No||since 1969; "American" official 1923-1969|
|New Hampshire||Yes||No||since 1995|
|New Mexico||No||No||Spanish has had special status since
1912 passage of state constitution
|North Carolina||Yes||No||since 1987|
|North Dakota||Yes||No||since 1987|
|Oregon||No||No||English Plus since 1989|
|Rhode Island||No||No||English Plus since 1992|
|South Carolina||Yes||No||since 1987|
|South Dakota||Yes||No||since 1995|
|Washington||No||No||English Plus since 1989|
|District of Columbia||No||No|
|Northern Mariana Islands||Yes||Chamorro, Carolinian|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Yes||No|
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