The Ramona Gardens Swap Meet takes place every Saturday morning. PHOTO: Antonio Mejías-Rentas

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that English is no longer the most spoken language in Los Angeles County. Combined, non-English speakers make up 56 percent of people 5 years and older. Spanish speakers hold the majority of that group with over 5 million speakers.

The Census found there were 349,899 Chinese speakers and 227,658 Tagalog speakers in Los Angeles County.  The Bureau found 3.9 million people speak English only.

The findings are culled from a new set of tables released this month that contain data on over 350 languages spoken in the United States.

Earlier this year, Boyle Heights Beat reported that use of Spanish is on the rise in the country, both because of the growth in immigrants and the large numbers of non-native speakers who are learning it as a second language.

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Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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