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State Language Data - NE

Nebraska

Language & Education
2013
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) (%) 122,352
Speak only English 14.3%
Speak English "very well" 30.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 55.6%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2013 67.0%
% 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 41,605
Speak only English 23.1%
Speak English "very well" 39.6%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 37.3%
Noncitizens 80,747
Speak only English 9.7%
Speak English "very well" 25.3%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 65.0%

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) (%) 1,617,334
Speak only English 95.1%
Speak English ""very well"" 4.0%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.9%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -15.9%
% 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 5-17 334,922
Speak only English 287,458
Speak language other than English 47,464
Speak English "very well"
36,115
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
11,349
Speak Spanish 34,998
Speak English "very well"
27,403
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
7,595
Ages 18-64 1,140,136
Speak only English 1,014,166
Speak language other than English 125,970
Speak English "very well"
60,233
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
65,737
Speak Spanish 81,600
Speak English "very well"
35,560
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
46,040
65 and Older 264,628
Speak only English 254,696
Speak language other than English 9,932
Speak English "very well"
4,687
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
5,245
Speak Spanish 4,897
Speak English "very well"
1,996
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
2,901
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 85.8%
Speak language other than English 14.2%
Speak English "very well" 10.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 3.4%
Speak Spanish 10.4%
Speak English "very well" 8.2%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.3%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 89.0%
Speak language other than English 11.0%
Speak English "very well" 5.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 5.8%
Speak Spanish 7.2%
Speak English "very well" 3.1%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.0%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 96.2%
Speak language other than English 3.8%
Speak English "very well" 1.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.0%
Speak Spanish 1.9%
Speak English "very well" 0.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.1%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 1,739,686
Speak only English 1,556,320
Speak language other than English 183,366
Spanish or Spanish Creole 121,495
Speak English "very well" 64,959
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 56,536
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 4,476
Speak English "very well" 2,775
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,701
French Creole 54
Speak English "very well" 54
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Italian 1,046
Speak English "very well" 777
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 269
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 1,456
Speak English "very well" 1,377
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 79
German 4,433
Speak English "very well" 3,501
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 932
Yiddish N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 331
Speak English "very well" 271
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 60
Scandinavian Languages 183
Speak English "very well" 128
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 55
Greek 363
Speak English "very well" 213
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 150
Russian 920
Speak English "very well" 661
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 259
Polish 395
Speak English "very well" 308
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 87
Serbo-Croatian 501
Speak English "very well" 397
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 104
Other Slavic Languages 1,243
Speak English "very well" 1,086
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 157
Armenian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian 691
Speak English "very well" 160
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 531
Gujarati 278
Speak English "very well" 188
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 90
Hindi 544
Speak English "very well" 453
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 91
Urdu 208
Speak English "very well" 194
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 14
Other Indic Languages 4,500
Speak English "very well" 2,670
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,830
Other Indo-European Languages 1,916
Speak English "very well" 1,460
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 456
Chinese 5,143
Speak English "very well" 1,970
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,173
Japanese 1,121
Speak English "very well" 532
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 589
Korean 1,783
Speak English "very well" 1,280
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 503
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 67
Speak English "very well" 62
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 5
Hmong N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Thai 280
Speak English "very well" 225
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 55
Laotian 1,516
Speak English "very well" 474
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,042
Vietnamese 8,197
Speak English "very well" 3,237
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,960
Other Asian Languages 4,068
Speak English "very well" 2,307
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,761
Tagalog 808
Speak English "very well" 582
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 226
Other Pacific Island Languages 1,761
Speak English "very well" 1,323
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 438
Navajo 16
Speak English "very well" 16
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Native North American Languages 1,549
Speak English "very well" 1,265
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 284
Hungarian 16
Speak English "very well" 16
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Arabic 4,042
Speak English "very well" 2,021
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,021
Hebrew N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
African Languages 5,498
Speak English "very well" 3,742
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,756
Other and Unspecified Languages 2,468
Speak English "very well" 351
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,117
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 89.5%
Field 308 10.5%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 53.5%
Field 310 46.5%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 62.0%
Field 315 38.0%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 100.0%
Field 316 N
Field 319 100%
Field 319 74.3%
Field 319 25.7%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 94.6%
Field 322 5.4%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 79.0%
Field 325 21.0%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 N
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 81.9%
Field 331 18.1%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 69.9%
Field 334 30.1%
Field 337 100%
Field 337 58.7%
Field 337 41.3%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 71.8%
Field 340 28.2%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 78.0%
Field 343 22.0%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 79.2%
Field 346 20.8%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 87.4%
Field 349 12.6%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 N
Field 352 N
Field 355 100%
Field 355 23.2%
Field 355 76.8%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 67.6%
Field 358 32.4%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 83.3%
Field 361 16.7%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 93.3%
Field 364 6.7%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 59.3%
Field 367 40.7%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 76.2%
Field 370 23.8%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 38.3%
Field 373 61.7%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 47.5%
Field 376 52.5%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 71.8%
Field 379 28.2%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 92.5%
Field 382 7.5%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 N
Field 385 N
Field 388 100%
Field 388 80.4%
Field 388 19.6%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 31.3%
Field 391 68.7%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 39.5%
Field 394 60.5%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 56.7%
Field 397 43.3%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 72.0%
Field 400 28.0%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 75.1%
Field 403 24.9%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 100.0%
Field 406 N
Field 409 100%
Field 409 81.7%
Field 409 18.3%
Field 412 100%
Field 412 100.0%
Field 412 N
Field 415 100%
Field 415 50.0%
Field 415 50.0%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 N
Field 418 N
Field 421 100%
Field 421 68.1%
Field 421 31.9%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 14.2%
Field 424 85.8%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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) 97,667
Less than high school diploma 48.6%
High school diploma or GED 16.1%
Some college or associate's degree 13.7%
Bachelor's degree 12.2%
Graduate or professional degree 9.3%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 40.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 5.9%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2013 92.6%
% change: 1990-2000 220.8%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2013 115.7%
% 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, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS), and Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming data are from pooled 2009-2013 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2013 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 (%) 34,585
Less than high school diploma 31.9%
High school diploma or GED 19.6%
Some college or associate's degree 20.2%
Bachelor's degree 17.1%
Graduate or professional degree 11.2%
Noncitizens (%) 63,082
Less than high school diploma 57.7%
High school diploma or GED 14.2%
Some college or associate's degree 10.2%
Bachelor's degree 9.5%
Graduate or professional degree 8.3%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,117,541
Less than high school diploma 6.4%
High school diploma or GED 28.1%
Some college or associate's degree 35.5%
Bachelor's degree 20.2%
Graduate or professional degree 9.8%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -41.1%
% change: 1990-2000 -30.4%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 34.7%
% 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, 2013 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, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS), and Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming data are from pooled 2009-2013 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2013 ACS.