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English was adopted as North Carolina's State Language in 1987. North Carolina does not allow referenda or voter initiatives. 8 % of this state's residents speak a language other than English. The most common of these languages are Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. The number of North Carolinians who speak little or no English has risen by 323.6%, or more than four-fold.
The law designating English as the official North Carolina state language is found in the North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 145 Section 145-12.
CHAPTER 145. State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions.
§145-12. State Language.
(a) Purpose. - English is the common language of the people of the United States of America and the State of North Carolina. This section is intended to preserve, protect, and strengthen the English language, and not to supersede any of the rights guaranteed to the people by the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of North Carolina.
(b) English as the Official Language of North Carolina. - English is the official language of the State of North Carolina.