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State Language Data - SC

South Carolina

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) (%) 229,424
Speak only English 23.3%
Speak English "very well" 32.0%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 44.7%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2013 110.7%
% 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.

 
Naturalized citizens 89,303
Speak only English 36.7%
Speak English "very well" 38.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 25.1%
Noncitizens 140,121
Speak only English 14.8%
Speak English "very well" 28.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 57.1%

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) (%) 4,251,772
Speak only English 96.9%
Speak English ""very well"" 2.6%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.5%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -33.9%
% 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 5-17 785,677
Speak only English 724,074
Speak language other than English 61,603
Speak English "very well"
49,243
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
12,360
Speak Spanish 48,539
Speak English "very well"
39,478
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
9,061
Ages 18-64 2,970,412
Speak only English 2,745,614
Speak language other than English 224,798
Speak English "very well"
122,354
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
102,444
Speak Spanish 148,435
Speak English "very well"
71,966
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
76,469
65 and Older 725,107
Speak only English 703,112
Speak language other than English 21,995
Speak English "very well"
12,073
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
9,922
Speak Spanish 7,233
Speak English "very well"
3,801
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
3,432
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 92.2%
Speak language other than English 7.8%
Speak English "very well" 6.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.6%
Speak Spanish 6.2%
Speak English "very well" 5.0%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.2%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 92.4%
Speak language other than English 7.6%
Speak English "very well" 4.1%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 3.4%
Speak Spanish 5.0%
Speak English "very well" 2.4%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.6%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 97.0%
Speak language other than English 3.0%
Speak English "very well" 1.7%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.4%
Speak Spanish 1.0%
Speak English "very well" 0.5%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.5%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 4,481,196
Speak only English 4,172,800
Speak language other than English 308,396
Spanish or Spanish Creole 204,207
Speak English "very well" 115,245
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 88,962
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 9,633
Speak English "very well" 7,381
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,252
French Creole 375
Speak English "very well" 375
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Italian 2,520
Speak English "very well" 1,918
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 602
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 5,054
Speak English "very well" 3,006
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,048
German 12,170
Speak English "very well" 10,823
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,347
Yiddish 37
Speak English "very well" 37
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 1,270
Speak English "very well" 998
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 272
Scandinavian Languages 734
Speak English "very well" 734
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Greek 2,171
Speak English "very well" 1,400
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 771
Russian 3,846
Speak English "very well" 1,778
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,068
Polish 1,221
Speak English "very well" 660
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 561
Serbo-Croatian 456
Speak English "very well" 393
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 63
Other Slavic Languages 4,166
Speak English "very well" 2,469
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,697
Armenian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian 400
Speak English "very well" 100
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 300
Gujarati 5,000
Speak English "very well" 3,674
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,326
Hindi 2,200
Speak English "very well" 1,407
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 793
Urdu 1,183
Speak English "very well" 739
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 444
Other Indic Languages 1,859
Speak English "very well" 1,236
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 623
Other Indo-European Languages 3,429
Speak English "very well" 2,616
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 813
Chinese 12,243
Speak English "very well" 5,039
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 7,204
Japanese 1,909
Speak English "very well" 917
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 992
Korean 5,526
Speak English "very well" 2,969
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,557
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 951
Speak English "very well" 677
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 274
Hmong 1,403
Speak English "very well" 1,280
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 123
Thai 672
Speak English "very well" 340
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 332
Laotian 604
Speak English "very well" 401
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 203
Vietnamese 4,170
Speak English "very well" 1,738
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,432
Other Asian Languages 2,263
Speak English "very well" 1,776
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 487
Tagalog 6,403
Speak English "very well" 4,599
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,804
Other Pacific Island Languages 1,370
Speak English "very well" 1,044
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 326
Navajo N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Native North American Languages 192
Speak English "very well" 192
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Hungarian 392
Speak English "very well" 351
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 41
Arabic 5,631
Speak English "very well" 3,040
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,591
Hebrew 138
Speak English "very well" 68
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 70
African Languages 1,964
Speak English "very well" 1,676
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 288
Other and Unspecified Languages 634
Speak English "very well" 574
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 60
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 93.1%
Field 308 6.9%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 56.4%
Field 310 43.6%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 76.6%
Field 315 23.4%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 100.0%
Field 316 N
Field 319 100%
Field 319 76.1%
Field 319 23.9%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 59.5%
Field 322 40.5%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 88.9%
Field 325 11.1%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 100.0%
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 78.6%
Field 331 21.4%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 100.0%
Field 334 N
Field 337 100%
Field 337 64.5%
Field 337 35.5%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 46.2%
Field 340 53.8%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 54.1%
Field 343 45.9%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 86.2%
Field 346 13.8%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 59.3%
Field 349 40.7%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 N
Field 352 N
Field 355 100%
Field 355 25.0%
Field 355 75.0%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 73.5%
Field 358 26.5%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 64.0%
Field 361 36.0%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 62.5%
Field 364 37.5%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 66.5%
Field 367 33.5%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 76.3%
Field 370 23.7%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 41.2%
Field 373 58.8%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 48.0%
Field 376 52.0%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 53.7%
Field 379 46.3%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 71.2%
Field 382 28.8%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 91.2%
Field 385 8.8%
Field 388 100%
Field 388 50.6%
Field 388 49.4%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 66.4%
Field 391 33.6%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 41.7%
Field 394 58.3%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 78.5%
Field 397 21.5%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 71.8%
Field 400 28.2%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 76.2%
Field 403 23.8%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 N
Field 406 N
Field 409 100%
Field 409 100.0%
Field 409 N
Field 412 100%
Field 412 89.5%
Field 412 10.5%
Field 415 100%
Field 415 54.0%
Field 415 46.0%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 49.3%
Field 418 50.7%
Field 421 100%
Field 421 85.3%
Field 421 14.7%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 90.5%
Field 424 9.5%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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) 192,669
Less than high school diploma 30.9%
High school diploma or GED 23.6%
Some college or associate's degree 20.0%
Bachelor's degree 15.1%
Graduate or professional degree 10.4%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 13.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 5.9%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2013 130.6%
% change: 1990-2000 221.0%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2013 95.9%
% change: 1990-2000 135.4%
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 (%) 79,010
Less than high school diploma 14.4%
High school diploma or GED 21%
Some college or associate's degree 28.2%
Bachelor's degree 21.4%
Graduate or professional degree 15%
Noncitizens (%) 113,659
Less than high school diploma 42.5%
High school diploma or GED 25.4%
Some college or associate's degree 14.2%
Bachelor's degree 10.6%
Graduate or professional degree 7.3%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 3,006,147
Less than high school diploma 13.3%
High school diploma or GED 29.7%
Some college or associate's degree 30.8%
Bachelor's degree 16.7%
Graduate or professional degree 9.5%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -32.6%
% change: 1990-2000 -13.0%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 55.7%
% 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 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.