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State Language Data - SC

South Carolina

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) (%) 226,491
Speak only English 23.0%
Speak English "very well" 28.9%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 48.1%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2014 123.8%
% 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 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS.

 
Naturalized citizens 86,473
Speak only English 37.2%
Speak English "very well" 35.6%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 27.2%
Noncitizens 140,018
Speak only English 14.3%
Speak English "very well" 24.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 60.9%

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) (%) 4,319,063
Speak only English 96.8%
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 -33.0%
% 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 5-17 796,756
Speak only English 728,917
Speak language other than English 67,839
Speak English "very well"
55,308
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
12,531
Speak Spanish 50,232
Speak English "very well"
40,842
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
9,390
Ages 18-64 2,987,215
Speak only English 2,768,050
Speak language other than English 219,165
Speak English "very well"
110,187
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
108,978
Speak Spanish 140,226
Speak English "very well"
59,338
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
80,888
65 and Older 761,583
Speak only English 737,958
Speak language other than English 23,625
Speak English "very well"
13,752
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
9,873
Speak Spanish 8,288
Speak English "very well"
3,647
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
4,641
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 91.5%
Speak language other than English 8.5%
Speak English "very well" 6.9%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.6%
Speak Spanish 6.3%
Speak English "very well" 5.1%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.2%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 92.7%
Speak language other than English 7.3%
Speak English "very well" 3.7%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 3.6%
Speak Spanish 4.7%
Speak English "very well" 2.0%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.7%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 96.9%
Speak language other than English 3.1%
Speak English "very well" 1.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.3%
Speak Spanish 1.1%
Speak English "very well" 0.5%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.6%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 4,545,554
Speak only English 4,234,925
Speak language other than English 310,629
Spanish or Spanish Creole 198,746
Speak English "very well" 103,827
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 94,919
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 9,853
Speak English "very well" 7,918
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,935
French Creole 1,696
Speak English "very well" 1,305
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 391
Italian 1,839
Speak English "very well" 1,634
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 205
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 4,003
Speak English "very well" 2,861
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,142
German 9,308
Speak English "very well" 8,029
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,279
Yiddish 96
Speak English "very well" 96
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 2,023
Speak English "very well" 1,791
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 232
Scandinavian Languages 469
Speak English "very well" 469
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Greek 2,199
Speak English "very well" 1,809
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 390
Russian 7,194
Speak English "very well" 3,850
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,344
Polish 1,583
Speak English "very well" 1,100
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 483
Serbo-Croatian 301
Speak English "very well" 232
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 69
Other Slavic Languages 3,306
Speak English "very well" 2,362
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 944
Armenian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian 661
Speak English "very well" 476
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 185
Gujarati 5,074
Speak English "very well" 2,674
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,400
Hindi 3,731
Speak English "very well" 2,700
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,031
Urdu 1,336
Speak English "very well" 771
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 565
Other Indic Languages 2,048
Speak English "very well" 1,714
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 334
Other Indo-European Languages 2,264
Speak English "very well" 1,720
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 544
Chinese 11,172
Speak English "very well" 5,375
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 5,797
Japanese 1,201
Speak English "very well" 763
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 438
Korean 4,567
Speak English "very well" 2,595
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,972
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 684
Speak English "very well" 547
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 137
Hmong 1,581
Speak English "very well" 415
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,166
Thai 1,618
Speak English "very well" 1,271
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 347
Laotian 384
Speak English "very well" 122
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 262
Vietnamese 4,214
Speak English "very well" 1,457
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,757
Other Asian Languages 5,295
Speak English "very well" 3,709
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,586
Tagalog 6,193
Speak English "very well" 4,899
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,294
Other Pacific Island Languages 1,863
Speak English "very well" 406
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,457
Navajo N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Native North American Languages 769
Speak English "very well" 614
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 155
Hungarian 412
Speak English "very well" 286
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 126
Arabic 5,909
Speak English "very well" 4,186
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,723
Hebrew 1,518
Speak English "very well" 1,453
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 65
African Languages 5,172
Speak English "very well" 3,615
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,557
Other and Unspecified Languages 347
Speak English "very well" 196
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 151
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 93.2%
Field 308 6.8%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 52.2%
Field 310 47.8%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 80.4%
Field 315 19.6%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 76.9%
Field 316 23.1%
Field 319 100%
Field 319 88.9%
Field 319 11.1%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 71.5%
Field 322 28.5%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 86.3%
Field 325 13.7%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 100.0%
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 88.5%
Field 331 11.5%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 100.0%
Field 334 N
Field 337 100%
Field 337 82.3%
Field 337 17.7%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 53.5%
Field 340 46.5%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 69.5%
Field 343 30.5%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 77.1%
Field 346 22.9%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 71.4%
Field 349 28.6%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 N
Field 352 N
Field 355 100%
Field 355 72.0%
Field 355 28.0%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 52.7%
Field 358 47.3%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 72.4%
Field 361 27.6%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 57.7%
Field 364 42.3%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 83.7%
Field 367 16.3%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 76.0%
Field 370 24.0%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 48.1%
Field 373 51.9%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 63.5%
Field 376 36.5%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 56.8%
Field 379 43.2%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 80.0%
Field 382 20.0%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 26.2%
Field 385 73.8%
Field 388 100%
Field 388 78.6%
Field 388 21.4%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 31.8%
Field 391 68.2%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 34.6%
Field 394 65.4%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 70.0%
Field 397 30.0%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 79.1%
Field 400 20.9%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 21.8%
Field 403 78.2%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 N
Field 406 N
Field 409 100%
Field 409 79.8%
Field 409 20.2%
Field 412 100%
Field 412 69.4%
Field 412 30.6%
Field 415 100%
Field 415 70.8%
Field 415 29.2%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 95.7%
Field 418 4.3%
Field 421 100%
Field 421 69.9%
Field 421 30.1%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 56.5%
Field 424 43.5%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Educational Attainment Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 193,251
Less than high school diploma 30.2%
High school diploma or GED 26.1%
Some college or associate's degree 16.9%
Bachelor's degree 14.5%
Graduate or professional degree 12.3%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 12.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 6.0%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2014 125.8%
% change: 1990-2000 221.0%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2014 106.5%
% 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 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 (%) 77,441
Less than high school diploma 14.6%
High school diploma or GED 23.9%
Some college or associate's degree 24.8%
Bachelor's degree 21.6%
Graduate or professional degree 15.1%
Noncitizens (%) 115,810
Less than high school diploma 40.6%
High school diploma or GED 27.6%
Some college or associate's degree 11.7%
Bachelor's degree 9.7%
Graduate or professional degree 10.4%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 3,067,678
Less than high school diploma 12.8%
High school diploma or GED 30.6%
Some college or associate's degree 30.3%
Bachelor's degree 16.8%
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 -33.7%
% change: 1990-2000 -13.0%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 59.6%
% 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, 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.