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State Language Data - NE

Nebraska

Language & Education
2012
2000
1990
English Proficiency

Note: The term limited English proficient (LEP) refers to any person age 5 and older who reported speaking English "not at all," "not well," or "well" on their survey questionnaire. Persons who speak only English or who report speaking English "very well" are considered proficient in English.

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 117,623
Speak only English 11.1%
Speak English "very well" 30.0%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 58.9%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2012 70.2%
% change: 1990-2000 375.1%
English Proficiency of the Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status (age 5 and older)*

Note: The term limited English proficient (LEP) refers to any person age 5 and older who reported speaking English "not at all," "not well," or "well" on their survey questionnaire. Persons who speak only English or who report speaking English "very well" are considered proficient in English.

 
Naturalized citizens 42,560
Speak only English 18.7%
Speak English "very well" 36.3%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 45%
Noncitizens 75,063
Speak only English 6.8%
Speak English "very well" 26.4%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 66.8%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 1,605,901
Speak only English 94.5%
Speak English ""very well"" 4.4%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.2%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 8.4%
% change: 1990-2000 30.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 72,948
Speak only English 15.3%
"Speak English ""very well"" 28.9%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 55.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 1,521,752
Speak only English 95.8%
"Speak English ""very well"" 3.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 26,274
Speak only English 32.2%
"Speak English ""very well"" 35.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 32.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 1,430,963
Speak only English 96.4%
"Speak English ""very well"" 2.7%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Population (age 5 and older)
 
 
Language Spoken at Home (by age and English proficiency)

Note: The term limited English proficient (LEP) refers to any person age 5 and older who reported speaking English "not at all," "not well," or "well" on their survey questionnaire. Persons who speak only English or who report speaking English "very well" are considered proficient in English.

Number
Ages 5-17 330,801
Speak only English 280,111
Speak language other than English 50,690
Speak English "very well"
37,095
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
13,595
Speak Spanish 37,452
Speak English "very well"
28,554
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
8,898
Ages 18-64 1,135,751
Speak only English 1,004,537
Speak language other than English 131,214
Speak English "very well"
62,052
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
69,162
Speak Spanish 85,736
Speak English "very well"
37,320
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
48,416
65 and Older 256,972
Speak only English 245,643
Speak language other than English 11,329
Speak English "very well"
6,319
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
5,010
Speak Spanish 4,045
Speak English "very well"
1,955
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
2,090
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 84.7%
Speak language other than English 15.3%
Speak English "very well" 11.2%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.1%
Speak Spanish 11.3%
Speak English "very well" 8.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.7%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 88.4%
Speak language other than English 11.6%
Speak English "very well" 5.5%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 6.1%
Speak Spanish 7.5%
Speak English "very well" 3.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.3%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 95.6%
Speak language other than English 4.4%
Speak English "very well" 2.5%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.9%
Speak Spanish 1.6%
Speak English "very well" 0.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.8%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Population (age 5 and older)
 
 
Language Spoken at Home (detailed, by English proficiency)

Note: The term limited English proficient (LEP) refers to any person age 5 and older who reported speaking English "not at all," "not well," or "well" on their survey questionnaire. Persons who speak only English or who report speaking English "very well" are considered proficient in English.

Number
Total Household Population, Age 5 and Older 1,723,524
Speak only English 1,530,291
Speak language other than English 193,233
Spanish or Spanish Creole 127,233
Speak English "very well" 67,829
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 59,404
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 5,451
Speak English "very well" 3,458
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,993
French Creole 68
Speak English "very well" 68
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Italian 1,586
Speak English "very well" 1,361
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 225
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 673
Speak English "very well" 609
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 64
German 5,580
Speak English "very well" 4,736
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 844
Yiddish 159
Speak English "very well" 159
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 203
Speak English "very well" 133
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 70
Scandinavian Languages 561
Speak English "very well" 325
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 236
Greek 279
Speak English "very well" 147
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 132
Russian 2,046
Speak English "very well" 869
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,177
Polish 653
Speak English "very well" 612
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 41
Serbo-Croatian 783
Speak English "very well" 489
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 294
Other Slavic Languages 3,074
Speak English "very well" 2,249
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 825
Armenian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian 181
Speak English "very well" 26
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 155
Gujarati 539
Speak English "very well" 333
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 206
Hindi 1,300
Speak English "very well" 872
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 428
Urdu 473
Speak English "very well" 359
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 114
Other Indic Languages 2,346
Speak English "very well" 1,164
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,182
Other Indo-European Languages 1,762
Speak English "very well" 979
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 783
Chinese 4,514
Speak English "very well" 1,405
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,109
Japanese 1,636
Speak English "very well" 1,336
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 300
Korean 1,289
Speak English "very well" 507
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 782
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 63
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 63
Hmong N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Thai 1,444
Speak English "very well" 724
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 720
Laotian 545
Speak English "very well" 53
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 492
Vietnamese 8,970
Speak English "very well" 3,307
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 5,663
Other Asian Languages 5,238
Speak English "very well" 2,693
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,545
Tagalog 1,479
Speak English "very well" 703
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 776
Other Pacific Island Languages 899
Speak English "very well" 547
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 352
Navajo N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Native North American Languages 1,506
Speak English "very well" 1,448
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 58
Hungarian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Arabic 4,354
Speak English "very well" 2,803
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,551
Hebrew 266
Speak English "very well" 210
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 56
African Languages 5,381
Speak English "very well" 2,898
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,483
Other and Unspecified Languages 699
Speak English "very well" 55
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 644
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 88.8%
Field 308 11.2%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 53.3%
Field 310 46.7%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 63.4%
Field 315 36.6%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 100.0%
Field 316 N
Field 319 100%
Field 319 85.8%
Field 319 14.2%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 90.5%
Field 322 9.5%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 84.9%
Field 325 15.1%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 100.0%
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 65.5%
Field 331 34.5%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 57.9%
Field 334 42.1%
Field 337 100%
Field 337 52.7%
Field 337 47.3%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 42.5%
Field 340 57.5%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 93.7%
Field 343 6.3%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 62.5%
Field 346 37.5%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 73.2%
Field 349 26.8%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 N
Field 352 N
Field 355 100%
Field 355 14.4%
Field 355 85.6%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 61.8%
Field 358 38.2%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 67.1%
Field 361 32.9%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 75.9%
Field 364 24.1%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 49.6%
Field 367 50.4%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 55.6%
Field 370 44.4%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 31.1%
Field 373 68.9%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 81.7%
Field 376 18.3%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 39.3%
Field 379 60.7%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 N
Field 382 100.0%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 N
Field 385 N
Field 388 100%
Field 388 50.1%
Field 388 49.9%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 9.7%
Field 391 90.3%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 36.9%
Field 394 63.1%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 51.4%
Field 397 48.6%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 47.5%
Field 400 52.5%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 60.8%
Field 403 39.2%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 N
Field 406 N
Field 409 100%
Field 409 96.1%
Field 409 3.9%
Field 412 100%
Field 412 N
Field 412 N
Field 415 100%
Field 415 64.4%
Field 415 35.6%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 78.9%
Field 418 21.1%
Field 421 100%
Field 421 53.9%
Field 421 46.1%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 7.9%
Field 424 92.1%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Educational Attainment

Note: The term limited English proficient (LEP) refers to any person age 5 and older who reported speaking English "not at all," "not well," or "well" on their survey questionnaire. Persons who speak only English or who report speaking English "very well" are considered proficient in English.

Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 90,973
Less than high school diploma 45.9%
High school diploma or GED 19.2%
Some college or associate's degree 15.6%
Bachelor's degree 10.6%
Graduate or professional degree 8.6%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 36.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 5.0%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2012 69.5%
% change: 1990-2000 220.8%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2012 79.7%
% change: 1990-2000 85.3%
Educational Attainment by U.S. Citizenship Status (foreign-born adults, age 25 and older)

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and data for North Dakota and Wyoming are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

 
Naturalized citizens (%) 36,221
Less than high school diploma 33.6%
High school diploma or GED 23.9%
Some college or associate's degree 22%
Bachelor's degree 12.8%
Graduate or professional degree 7.7%
Noncitizens (%) 54,752
Less than high school diploma 54.1%
High school diploma or GED 16.1%
Some college or associate's degree 11.3%
Bachelor's degree 9.1%
Graduate or professional degree 9.3%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,115,935
Less than high school diploma 6.5%
High school diploma or GED 28.4%
Some college or associate's degree 35.3%
Bachelor's degree 20.0%
Graduate or professional degree 9.7%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -39.6%
% change: 1990-2000 -30.4%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 33.2%
% change: 1990-2000 37.4%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 50,911
Less than high school diploma 48.4%
High school diploma or GED 18.4%
Some college or associate's degree 14.1%
Bachelor's degree 10.5%
Graduate or professional degree 8.6%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 17.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 3.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,036,170
Less than high school diploma 11.6%
High school diploma or GED 31.9%
Some college or associate's degree 32.4%
Bachelor's degree 17.0%
Graduate or professional degree 7.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 21,571
Less than high school diploma 35.6%
High school diploma or GED 22.3%
Some college or associate's degree 17.7%
Bachelor's degree 11.9%
Graduate or professional degree 12.5%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 4.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 2.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 973,054
Less than high school diploma 17.8%
High school diploma or GED 35.4%
Some college or associate's degree 28.1%
Bachelor's degree 13.0%
Graduate or professional degree 5.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2012 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from the 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term limited English proficient (LEP) refers to any person age 5 and older who reported speaking English “not at all,” “not well,” or “well” on their survey questionnaire. Persons who speak only English or who report speaking English “very well” are considered proficient in English.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.​
  • For “English proficiency of the foreign born by U.S. citizenship status” and “Educational Attainment by U.S. Citizenship Status” : Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and North Dakota and Wyoming data are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 ACS.