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State Language Data - NE

Nebraska

Language & Education
2015
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) (%) 127,133
Speak only English 12.7%
Speak English "very well" 31.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 56.2%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 75.5%
% 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. Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS.

 
Naturalized citizens 47,988
Speak only English 18.4%
Speak English "very well" 38.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 43.5%
Noncitizens 79,145
Speak only English 9.3%
Speak English "very well" 26.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 63.9%

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) (%) 1,638,393
Speak only English 94.8%
Speak English ""very well"" 4.3%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.9%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -17.9%
% 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 5-17 339,966
Speak only English 295,256
Speak language other than English 44,710
Speak English "very well"
32,928
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
11,782
Speak Spanish 34,131
Speak English "very well"
26,587
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
7,544
Ages 18-64 1,146,869
Speak only English 1,008,960
Speak language other than English 137,909
Speak English "very well"
69,495
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
68,414
Speak Spanish 91,138
Speak English "very well"
43,446
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
47,692
65 and Older 278,691
Speak only English 265,805
Speak language other than English 12,886
Speak English "very well"
7,655
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
5,231
Speak Spanish 5,907
Speak English "very well"
2,494
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
3,413
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 86.8%
Speak language other than English 13.2%
Speak English "very well" 9.7%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 3.5%
Speak Spanish 10.0%
Speak English "very well" 7.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.2%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 88.0%
Speak language other than English 12.0%
Speak English "very well" 6.1%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 6.0%
Speak Spanish 7.9%
Speak English "very well" 3.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.2%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 95.4%
Speak language other than English 4.6%
Speak English "very well" 2.7%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.9%
Speak Spanish 2.1%
Speak English "very well" 0.9%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.2%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 1,765,526
Speak only English 1,570,021
Speak language other than English 195,505
Spanish or Spanish Creole 131,176
Speak English "very well" 72,527
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 58,649
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 3,704
Speak English "very well" 3,331
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 373
French Creole 492
Speak English "very well" 492
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Italian 445
Speak English "very well" 445
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 1,724
Speak English "very well" 546
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,178
German 4,628
Speak English "very well" 4,361
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 267
Yiddish N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 604
Speak English "very well" 553
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 51
Scandinavian Languages 107
Speak English "very well" 107
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Greek 193
Speak English "very well" 151
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 42
Russian 1,112
Speak English "very well" 775
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 337
Polish 720
Speak English "very well" 511
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 209
Serbo-Croatian 421
Speak English "very well" 421
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Slavic Languages 1,293
Speak English "very well" 995
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 298
Armenian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian 1,012
Speak English "very well" 474
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 538
Gujarati N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Hindi 2,132
Speak English "very well" 1,817
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 315
Urdu 159
Speak English "very well" 110
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 49
Other Indic Languages 3,707
Speak English "very well" 1,324
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,383
Other Indo-European Languages 1,761
Speak English "very well" 1,406
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 355
Chinese 5,775
Speak English "very well" 1,678
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,097
Japanese 768
Speak English "very well" 552
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 216
Korean 971
Speak English "very well" 507
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 464
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 185
Speak English "very well" 141
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 44
Hmong 438
Speak English "very well" 257
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 181
Thai 812
Speak English "very well" 472
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 340
Laotian 442
Speak English "very well" 323
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 119
Vietnamese 6,707
Speak English "very well" 2,731
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,976
Other Asian Languages 8,078
Speak English "very well" 3,337
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,741
Tagalog 1,709
Speak English "very well" 1,228
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 481
Other Pacific Island Languages 870
Speak English "very well" 497
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 373
Navajo N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Native North American Languages 1,190
Speak English "very well" 1,033
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 157
Hungarian 17
Speak English "very well" 17
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Arabic 5,417
Speak English "very well" 3,682
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,735
Hebrew N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
African Languages 6,567
Speak English "very well" 3,108
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,459
Other and Unspecified Languages 169
Speak English "very well" 169
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 88.9%
Field 308 11.1%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 55.3%
Field 310 44.7%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 89.9%
Field 315 10.1%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 100.0%
Field 316 N
Field 319 100%
Field 319 100.0%
Field 319 N
Field 322 100%
Field 322 31.7%
Field 322 68.3%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 94.2%
Field 325 5.8%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 N
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 91.6%
Field 331 8.4%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 100.0%
Field 334 N
Field 337 100%
Field 337 78.2%
Field 337 21.8%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 69.7%
Field 340 30.3%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 71.0%
Field 343 29.0%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 100.0%
Field 346 N
Field 349 100%
Field 349 77.0%
Field 349 23.0%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 N
Field 352 N
Field 355 100%
Field 355 46.8%
Field 355 53.2%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 N
Field 358 N
Field 361 100%
Field 361 85.2%
Field 361 14.8%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 69.2%
Field 364 30.8%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 35.7%
Field 367 64.3%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 79.8%
Field 370 20.2%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 29.1%
Field 373 70.9%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 71.9%
Field 376 28.1%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 52.2%
Field 379 47.8%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 76.2%
Field 382 23.8%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 58.7%
Field 385 41.3%
Field 388 100%
Field 388 58.1%
Field 388 41.9%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 73.1%
Field 391 26.9%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 40.7%
Field 394 59.3%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 41.3%
Field 397 58.7%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 71.9%
Field 400 28.1%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 57.1%
Field 403 42.9%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 N
Field 406 N
Field 409 100%
Field 409 86.8%
Field 409 13.2%
Field 412 100%
Field 412 100.0%
Field 412 N
Field 415 100%
Field 415 68.0%
Field 415 32.0%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 N
Field 418 N
Field 421 100%
Field 421 47.3%
Field 421 52.7%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 100.0%
Field 424 N
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Educational Attainment Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 101,865
Less than high school diploma 40.0%
High school diploma or GED 22.4%
Some college or associate's degree 15.2%
Bachelor's degree 11.0%
Graduate or professional degree 11.4%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 36.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 6.1%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2015 65.2%
% change: 1990-2000 220.8%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2015 134.3%
% change: 1990-2000 85.3%
Educational Attainment by U.S. Citizenship Status (foreign-born adults, age 25 and older)

Note: 1) 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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 (%) 40,949
Less than high school diploma 30.8%
High school diploma or GED 22.9%
Some college or associate's degree 22.7%
Bachelor's degree 12.7%
Graduate or professional degree 11%
Noncitizens (%) 60,916
Less than high school diploma 46.2%
High school diploma or GED 22%
Some college or associate's degree 10.2%
Bachelor's degree 9.9%
Graduate or professional degree 11.7%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,130,718
Less than high school diploma 6.2%
High school diploma or GED 27.3%
Some college or associate's degree 35.6%
Bachelor's degree 20.6%
Graduate or professional degree 10.3%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -42.1%
% change: 1990-2000 -30.4%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 40.2%
% 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 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2015 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 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 an estimate 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, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS.