15th Anniversary of Executive Order 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

In honor of the 15th anniversary of Executive Order 13166 which clarified federal requirements for language access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has released several mapping resources that help identify the concentration of LEP populations at national, state, judicial district, and county levels:

  • A mapping application, “Language Map App,” allows users to view and download data from an interactive map. The interactive maps provide data on the languages spoken by LEP populations at the state and county level for all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
  • Printable maps, located at lep.gov/maps, provide both the number and percentage of LEP individuals in each region. County and judicial district maps provide the top five languages spoken by LEP individuals within those areas in the form of detailed pie charts.
  • Other federal language mapping tools have been collected at lep.gov/maps.

The data used are from the 2008-2012 five year averaged estimates from the American Community Survey.

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