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State Language Data - SC

South Carolina

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) (%) 230,355
Speak only English 23.4%
Speak English "very well" 33.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 43.4%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 105.6%
% change: 1990-2000 309.5%
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 91,582
Speak only English 36.1%
Speak English "very well" 38.5%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 25.4%
Noncitizens 138,773
Speak only English 15%
Speak English "very well" 29.7%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 55.3%

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) (%) 4,378,303
Speak only English 96.9%
Speak English ""very well"" 2.5%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.6%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -21.2%
% change: 1990-2000 32.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 113,829
Speak only English 25.2%
"Speak English ""very well"" 32.0%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 42.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 3,634,840
Speak only English 96.9%
"Speak English ""very well"" 2.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 47,910
Speak only English 39.0%
"Speak English ""very well"" 36.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 24.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 3,178,182
Speak only English 97.4%
"Speak English ""very well"" 1.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 5-17 801,820
Speak only English 738,182
Speak language other than English 63,638
Speak English "very well"
47,727
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
15,911
Speak Spanish 46,549
Speak English "very well"
35,461
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
11,088
Ages 18-64 3,012,884
Speak only English 2,790,943
Speak language other than English 221,941
Speak English "very well"
123,475
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
98,466
Speak Spanish 141,256
Speak English "very well"
70,233
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
71,023
65 and Older 793,954
Speak only English 768,067
Speak language other than English 25,887
Speak English "very well"
13,742
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
12,145
Speak Spanish 10,234
Speak English "very well"
4,637
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
5,597
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 92.1%
Speak language other than English 7.9%
Speak English "very well" 6.0%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.0%
Speak Spanish 5.8%
Speak English "very well" 4.4%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.4%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 92.6%
Speak language other than English 7.4%
Speak English "very well" 4.1%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 3.3%
Speak Spanish 4.7%
Speak English "very well" 2.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.4%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 96.7%
Speak language other than English 3.3%
Speak English "very well" 1.7%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.5%
Speak Spanish 1.3%
Speak English "very well" 0.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.7%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 4,608,658
Speak only English 4,297,192
Speak language other than English 311,466
Spanish or Spanish Creole 198,039
Speak English "very well" 110,331
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 87,708
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 11,484
Speak English "very well" 9,408
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,076
French Creole 707
Speak English "very well" 567
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 140
Italian 2,409
Speak English "very well" 2,017
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 392
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 3,380
Speak English "very well" 2,814
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 566
German 11,859
Speak English "very well" 10,451
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,408
Yiddish N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 931
Speak English "very well" 750
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 181
Scandinavian Languages 682
Speak English "very well" 682
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Greek 1,885
Speak English "very well" 1,481
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 404
Russian 5,165
Speak English "very well" 2,725
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,440
Polish 1,531
Speak English "very well" 1,198
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 333
Serbo-Croatian 1,327
Speak English "very well" 1,182
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 145
Other Slavic Languages 2,551
Speak English "very well" 1,467
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,084
Armenian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian 1,163
Speak English "very well" 640
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 523
Gujarati 4,206
Speak English "very well" 2,726
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,480
Hindi 2,150
Speak English "very well" 1,623
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 527
Urdu 1,008
Speak English "very well" 795
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 213
Other Indic Languages 2,929
Speak English "very well" 1,741
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,188
Other Indo-European Languages 3,562
Speak English "very well" 2,950
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 612
Chinese 11,894
Speak English "very well" 4,783
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 7,111
Japanese 2,193
Speak English "very well" 1,241
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 952
Korean 3,070
Speak English "very well" 1,694
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,376
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 1,440
Speak English "very well" 161
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,279
Hmong 1,109
Speak English "very well" 424
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 685
Thai 1,078
Speak English "very well" 695
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 383
Laotian 894
Speak English "very well" 534
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 360
Vietnamese 7,637
Speak English "very well" 3,550
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,087
Other Asian Languages 6,395
Speak English "very well" 3,276
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,119
Tagalog 7,106
Speak English "very well" 4,864
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,242
Other Pacific Island Languages 1,419
Speak English "very well" 1,043
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 376
Navajo N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Native North American Languages 561
Speak English "very well" 561
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Hungarian 515
Speak English "very well" 425
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 90
Arabic 5,119
Speak English "very well" 3,755
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,364
Hebrew 1,185
Speak English "very well" 1,060
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 125
African Languages 2,124
Speak English "very well" 925
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,199
Other and Unspecified Languages 759
Speak English "very well" 405
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 354
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 93.2%
Field 308 6.8%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 55.7%
Field 310 44.3%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 81.9%
Field 315 18.1%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 80.2%
Field 316 19.8%
Field 319 100%
Field 319 83.7%
Field 319 16.3%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 83.3%
Field 322 16.7%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 88.1%
Field 325 11.9%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 N
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 80.6%
Field 331 19.4%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 100.0%
Field 334 N
Field 337 100%
Field 337 78.6%
Field 337 21.4%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 52.8%
Field 340 47.2%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 78.2%
Field 343 21.8%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 89.1%
Field 346 10.9%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 57.5%
Field 349 42.5%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 N
Field 352 N
Field 355 100%
Field 355 55.0%
Field 355 45.0%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 64.8%
Field 358 35.2%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 75.5%
Field 361 24.5%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 78.9%
Field 364 21.1%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 59.4%
Field 367 40.6%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 82.8%
Field 370 17.2%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 40.2%
Field 373 59.8%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 56.6%
Field 376 43.4%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 55.2%
Field 379 44.8%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 11.2%
Field 382 88.8%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 38.2%
Field 385 61.8%
Field 388 100%
Field 388 64.5%
Field 388 35.5%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 59.7%
Field 391 40.3%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 46.5%
Field 394 53.5%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 51.2%
Field 397 48.8%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 68.4%
Field 400 31.6%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 73.5%
Field 403 26.5%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 N
Field 406 N
Field 409 100%
Field 409 100.0%
Field 409 N
Field 412 100%
Field 412 82.5%
Field 412 17.5%
Field 415 100%
Field 415 73.4%
Field 415 26.6%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 89.5%
Field 418 10.5%
Field 421 100%
Field 421 43.5%
Field 421 56.5%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 53.4%
Field 424 46.6%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Educational Attainment Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 196,022
Less than high school diploma 30.1%
High school diploma or GED 23.3%
Some college or associate's degree 18.2%
Bachelor's degree 16.5%
Graduate or professional degree 11.8%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 13.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 6.2%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2015 128.2%
% change: 1990-2000 221.0%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2015 121.9%
% change: 1990-2000 135.4%
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 (%) 81,698
Less than high school diploma 15.9%
High school diploma or GED 20.8%
Some college or associate's degree 25.4%
Bachelor's degree 22.6%
Graduate or professional degree 15.3%
Noncitizens (%) 114,324
Less than high school diploma 40.3%
High school diploma or GED 25%
Some college or associate's degree 13.1%
Bachelor's degree 12.2%
Graduate or professional degree 9.4%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 3,123,810
Less than high school diploma 12.6%
High school diploma or GED 29.8%
Some college or associate's degree 30.8%
Bachelor's degree 17.4%
Graduate or professional degree 9.3%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -33.5%
% change: 1990-2000 -13.0%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 65.4%
% change: 1990-2000 45.4%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 87,078
Less than high school diploma 29.7%
High school diploma or GED 21.0%
Some college or associate's degree 20.5%
Bachelor's degree 15.6%
Graduate or professional degree 13.2%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 4.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 4.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 2,514,780
Less than high school diploma 23.6%
High school diploma or GED 30.2%
Some college or associate's degree 26.1%
Bachelor's degree 13.4%
Graduate or professional degree 6.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 38,835
Less than high school diploma 20.7%
High school diploma or GED 27.2%
Some college or associate's degree 24.6%
Bachelor's degree 14.4%
Graduate or professional degree 13.0%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 1.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 3.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 2,122,839
Less than high school diploma 32.1%
High school diploma or GED 29.5%
Some college or associate's degree 22.0%
Bachelor's degree 11.1%
Graduate or professional degree 5.3%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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.