E.g., 08/30/2016
E.g., 08/30/2016

State Language Data - NE

Nebraska

Language & Education
2014
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) (%) 124,638
Speak only English 11.2%
Speak English "very well" 29.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 59.0%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2014 80.8%
% 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 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS.

 
Naturalized citizens 43,950
Speak only English 20.2%
Speak English "very well" 36.7%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 43.1%
Noncitizens 80,688
Speak only English 6.3%
Speak English "very well" 26%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 67.7%

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) (%) 1,626,497
Speak only English 95.4%
Speak English ""very well"" 3.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.8%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -25.0%
% 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 5-17 337,509
Speak only English 291,388
Speak language other than English 46,121
Speak English "very well"
34,560
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
11,561
Speak Spanish 36,415
Speak English "very well"
28,165
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
8,250
Ages 18-64 1,142,949
Speak only English 1,013,708
Speak language other than English 129,241
Speak English "very well"
59,861
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
69,380
Speak Spanish 86,163
Speak English "very well"
36,669
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
49,494
65 and Older 270,677
Speak only English 259,968
Speak language other than English 10,709
Speak English "very well"
5,278
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
5,431
Speak Spanish 4,800
Speak English "very well"
2,346
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
2,454
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 86.3%
Speak language other than English 13.7%
Speak English "very well" 10.2%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 3.4%
Speak Spanish 10.8%
Speak English "very well" 8.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.4%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 88.7%
Speak language other than English 11.3%
Speak English "very well" 5.2%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 6.1%
Speak Spanish 7.5%
Speak English "very well" 3.2%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.3%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 96.0%
Speak language other than English 4.0%
Speak English "very well" 1.9%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.0%
Speak Spanish 1.8%
Speak English "very well" 0.9%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.9%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 1,751,135
Speak only English 1,565,064
Speak language other than English 186,071
Spanish or Spanish Creole 127,378
Speak English "very well" 67,180
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 60,198
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 3,781
Speak English "very well" 3,265
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 516
French Creole 14
Speak English "very well" 14
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Italian 753
Speak English "very well" 562
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 191
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 794
Speak English "very well" 694
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 100
German 3,416
Speak English "very well" 2,630
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 786
Yiddish N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 309
Speak English "very well" 248
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 61
Scandinavian Languages 187
Speak English "very well" 187
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Greek 343
Speak English "very well" 97
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 246
Russian 1,462
Speak English "very well" 971
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 491
Polish 592
Speak English "very well" 420
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 172
Serbo-Croatian 879
Speak English "very well" 619
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 260
Other Slavic Languages 1,853
Speak English "very well" 1,030
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 823
Armenian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian 982
Speak English "very well" 581
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 401
Gujarati 293
Speak English "very well" 202
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 91
Hindi 1,580
Speak English "very well" 1,471
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 109
Urdu 252
Speak English "very well" 164
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 88
Other Indic Languages 1,284
Speak English "very well" 508
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 776
Other Indo-European Languages 1,123
Speak English "very well" 644
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 479
Chinese 3,240
Speak English "very well" 1,244
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,996
Japanese 1,291
Speak English "very well" 767
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 524
Korean 1,848
Speak English "very well" 907
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 941
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 25
Speak English "very well" 25
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Hmong 157
Speak English "very well" 157
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Thai 424
Speak English "very well" 210
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 214
Laotian 135
Speak English "very well" 76
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 59
Vietnamese 8,833
Speak English "very well" 3,093
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 5,740
Other Asian Languages 7,967
Speak English "very well" 2,858
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 5,109
Tagalog 1,385
Speak English "very well" 1,010
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 375
Other Pacific Island Languages 269
Speak English "very well" 87
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 182
Navajo N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Native North American Languages 991
Speak English "very well" 861
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 130
Hungarian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Arabic 5,656
Speak English "very well" 2,582
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,074
Hebrew N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
African Languages 6,070
Speak English "very well" 4,039
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,031
Other and Unspecified Languages 505
Speak English "very well" 296
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 209
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 89.4%
Field 308 10.6%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 52.7%
Field 310 47.3%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 86.4%
Field 315 13.6%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 100.0%
Field 316 N
Field 319 100%
Field 319 74.6%
Field 319 25.4%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 87.4%
Field 322 12.6%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 77.0%
Field 325 23.0%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 N
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 80.3%
Field 331 19.7%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 100.0%
Field 334 N
Field 337 100%
Field 337 28.3%
Field 337 71.7%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 66.4%
Field 340 33.6%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 70.9%
Field 343 29.1%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 70.4%
Field 346 29.6%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 55.6%
Field 349 44.4%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 N
Field 352 N
Field 355 100%
Field 355 59.2%
Field 355 40.8%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 68.9%
Field 358 31.1%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 93.1%
Field 361 6.9%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 65.1%
Field 364 34.9%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 39.6%
Field 367 60.4%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 57.3%
Field 370 42.7%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 38.4%
Field 373 61.6%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 59.4%
Field 376 40.6%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 49.1%
Field 379 50.9%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 100.0%
Field 382 N
Field 385 100%
Field 385 100.0%
Field 385 N
Field 388 100%
Field 388 49.5%
Field 388 50.5%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 56.3%
Field 391 43.7%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 35.0%
Field 394 65.0%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 35.9%
Field 397 64.1%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 72.9%
Field 400 27.1%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 32.3%
Field 403 67.7%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 N
Field 406 N
Field 409 100%
Field 409 86.9%
Field 409 13.1%
Field 412 100%
Field 412 N
Field 412 N
Field 415 100%
Field 415 45.7%
Field 415 54.3%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 N
Field 418 N
Field 421 100%
Field 421 66.5%
Field 421 33.5%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 58.6%
Field 424 41.4%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Educational Attainment Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 100,328
Less than high school diploma 47.1%
High school diploma or GED 20.0%
Some college or associate's degree 13.4%
Bachelor's degree 11.1%
Graduate or professional degree 8.4%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 39.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 5.4%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2014 91.5%
% change: 1990-2000 220.8%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2014 101.5%
% 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 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 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 (%) 38,250
Less than high school diploma 32.8%
High school diploma or GED 22.6%
Some college or associate's degree 18.6%
Bachelor's degree 15.5%
Graduate or professional degree 10.5%
Noncitizens (%) 62,078
Less than high school diploma 55.8%
High school diploma or GED 18.4%
Some college or associate's degree 10.1%
Bachelor's degree 8.4%
Graduate or professional degree 7.2%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,124,373
Less than high school diploma 6.4%
High school diploma or GED 27.9%
Some college or associate's degree 35.3%
Bachelor's degree 21.0%
Graduate or professional degree 9.4%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -40.4%
% change: 1990-2000 -30.4%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 37.2%
% 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, 2014 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 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS.