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Diversity, Equity and Language - Census, Surveys and Codes

Population language use information and data

Some Scouting languages by nation

  • Canada: English (Canadian English, en-CA), Français (Canadian French, fr-CA)
  • United Kingdom: English (British English, en-UK)
  • United States: English (American English, en-US), español (Broadcast Spanish)

Languages spoken

Quoted language use information is from The World Fact Book.
published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.


  • Canada
    Population: 37,943,231 (July 2021 est.)

English (official) 58.7%, French (official) 22%, Punjabi 1.4%, Italian 1.3%, Spanish 1.3%, German 1.3%, Cantonese 1.2%, Tagalog 1.2%, Arabic 1.1%, other 10.5% (2011 est.)

Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016:

Scouting website: Scouts Canada, https://www.scouts.ca/


  • Haiti
    Population: 11,198,240 (July 2021 est.)

French (official), Creole (official)

Scouting organization: Association Nationale des Scouts d’Haïti (ANSH), or Asosyasyon nasyonal eskout dayiti

Scouting website: http://www.scoutsdhaiti.org/ - link not secure

United Kingdom


note: the following are recognized regional languages: Scots (about 30% of the population of Scotland), Scottish Gaelic (about 60,000 speakers in Scotland), Welsh (about 20% of the population of Wales), Irish (about 10% of the population of Northern Ireland), Cornish (some 2,000 to 3,000 people in Cornwall) (2012 est.)

UK Office for National Statistics:

Scouting website: Scouts, https://www.scouts.org.uk/

United States of America

English only 78.2%, Spanish 13.4%, Chinese 1.1%, other 7.3% (2017 est.)

note: data represent the language spoken at home; the US has no official national language, but English has acquired official status in 32 of the 50 states; Hawaiian is an official language in the state of Hawaii, and 20 indigenous languages are official in Alaska

Scouting website: Boy Scouts of America ® | Prepared. For Life.™ (scouting.org)

  • Guam
    Population: 168,801 (July 2021 est.)

English 43.6%, Filipino 21.2%, Chamorro 17.8%, other Pacific island languages 10%, Asian languages 6.3%, other 1.1% (2010 est.)

Editor’s note: Filipino is an official standardized language of the Philippines based on Tagalog. Chamorro is a native language of the Marianas which includes Guam.

BSA Council: Aloha Council - CHamoru District, Guam

  • Puerto Rico
    Population: 3,142,779 (July 2021 est.) Ethic groups note: 99% of the population is Latino

Spanish, English

BSA Council: BSA Concilio de Puerto Rico (scoutingpr.org)

English 71.6%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 17.2%, French or French Creole 8.6%, other 2.5% (2010 est.)

BSA Council: National Capital Area Council (ncacbsa.org) - USVI District - U.S. Virgin Islands (ncacbsa.org)

Language code lists

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau is changing the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) release schedule. Instead of providing the standard 1-year data products, the Census Bureau will release a series of experimental estimates from the 1-year data on November 30th. (2021)


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