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Mary Liz Brady


Increasing immigration, as well as globalization of the national economy, has put foreign language issues in the popular media spotlight. ProEnglish advocates support establishing English as the national language and diminishing bilingual education in favor of English immersion programs. On the other hand, several school systems are emphasizing the importance of foreign language classes in light of the increasing economic interdependence and importance of foreign diplomacy. This paper examines the effects of a non-English speaking population on the well-being of a metropolitan statistical area. Furthermore, it explores what effect a bilingual population has on the MSA. Results indicate that both a non-English and bilingual population are insignificant in determining average income across a city.