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State Language Data - UT

Utah

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) (%) 242,695
Speak only English 16.4%
Speak English "very well" 39.5%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 44.2%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 36.3%
% change: 1990-2000 313.7%
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 95,006
Speak only English 26.2%
Speak English "very well" 44.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 29.6%
Noncitizens 147,689
Speak only English 10%
Speak English "very well" 36.5%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 53.5%

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) (%) 2,503,255
Speak only English 91.8%
Speak English ""very well"" 7.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.0%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -4.3%
% change: 1990-2000 21.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 155,012
Speak only English 18.1%
"Speak English ""very well"" 31.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 50.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 1,868,863
Speak only English 93.2%
"Speak English ""very well"" 5.3%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.4%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 56,509
Speak only English 31.5%
"Speak English ""very well"" 34.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 33.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 1,495,290
Speak only English 94.4%
"Speak English ""very well"" 4.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.5%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 5-17 662,364
Speak only English 572,047
Speak language other than English 90,317
Speak English "very well"
77,569
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
12,748
Speak Spanish 70,931
Speak English "very well"
61,367
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
9,564
Ages 18-64 1,775,744
Speak only English 1,485,668
Speak language other than English 290,076
Speak English "very well"
183,128
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
106,948
Speak Spanish 194,829
Speak English "very well"
113,355
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
81,474
65 and Older 307,842
Speak only English 280,541
Speak language other than English 27,301
Speak English "very well"
13,926
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
13,375
Speak Spanish 14,500
Speak English "very well"
7,066
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
7,434
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 86.4%
Speak language other than English 13.6%
Speak English "very well" 11.7%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.9%
Speak Spanish 10.7%
Speak English "very well" 9.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.4%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 83.7%
Speak language other than English 16.3%
Speak English "very well" 10.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 6.0%
Speak Spanish 11.0%
Speak English "very well" 6.4%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.6%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 91.1%
Speak language other than English 8.9%
Speak English "very well" 4.5%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.3%
Speak Spanish 4.7%
Speak English "very well" 2.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.4%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 2,745,950
Speak only English 2,338,256
Speak language other than English 407,694
Spanish or Spanish Creole 280,260
Speak English "very well" 181,788
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 98,472
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 8,684
Speak English "very well" 6,912
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,772
French Creole 83
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 83
Italian 2,039
Speak English "very well" 1,687
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 352
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 9,808
Speak English "very well" 8,831
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 977
German 6,854
Speak English "very well" 6,073
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 781
Yiddish N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 1,831
Speak English "very well" 1,636
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 195
Scandinavian Languages 1,638
Speak English "very well" 1,523
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 115
Greek 985
Speak English "very well" 903
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 82
Russian 3,261
Speak English "very well" 1,949
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,312
Polish 480
Speak English "very well" 323
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 157
Serbo-Croatian 3,294
Speak English "very well" 1,878
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,416
Other Slavic Languages 777
Speak English "very well" 648
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 129
Armenian 387
Speak English "very well" 251
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 136
Persian 1,841
Speak English "very well" 1,283
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 558
Gujarati 405
Speak English "very well" 405
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Hindi 1,004
Speak English "very well" 962
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 42
Urdu 1,860
Speak English "very well" 1,431
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 429
Other Indic Languages 3,696
Speak English "very well" 1,692
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,004
Other Indo-European Languages 868
Speak English "very well" 540
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 328
Chinese 11,251
Speak English "very well" 7,438
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,813
Japanese 6,375
Speak English "very well" 4,946
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,429
Korean 3,745
Speak English "very well" 2,479
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,266
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 1,772
Speak English "very well" 939
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 833
Hmong 62
Speak English "very well" 62
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Thai 2,096
Speak English "very well" 1,468
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 628
Laotian 2,205
Speak English "very well" 1,518
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 687
Vietnamese 6,571
Speak English "very well" 2,252
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,319
Other Asian Languages 5,349
Speak English "very well" 3,982
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,367
Tagalog 6,167
Speak English "very well" 4,383
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,784
Other Pacific Island Languages 10,926
Speak English "very well" 7,216
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,710
Navajo 8,234
Speak English "very well" 6,722
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,512
Other Native North American Languages 2,875
Speak English "very well" 2,767
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 108
Hungarian 100
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 100
Arabic 4,252
Speak English "very well" 3,121
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,131
Hebrew 220
Speak English "very well" 220
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
African Languages 4,295
Speak English "very well" 3,481
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 814
Other and Unspecified Languages 1,144
Speak English "very well" 914
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 230
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 85.2%
Field 308 14.8%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 64.9%
Field 310 35.1%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 79.6%
Field 315 20.4%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 N
Field 316 100.0%
Field 319 100%
Field 319 82.7%
Field 319 17.3%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 90.0%
Field 322 10.0%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 88.6%
Field 325 11.4%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 N
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 89.4%
Field 331 10.6%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 93.0%
Field 334 7.0%
Field 337 100%
Field 337 91.7%
Field 337 8.3%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 59.8%
Field 340 40.2%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 67.3%
Field 343 32.7%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 57.0%
Field 346 43.0%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 83.4%
Field 349 16.6%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 64.9%
Field 352 35.1%
Field 355 100%
Field 355 69.7%
Field 355 30.3%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 100.0%
Field 358 N
Field 361 100%
Field 361 95.8%
Field 361 4.2%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 76.9%
Field 364 23.1%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 45.8%
Field 367 54.2%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 62.2%
Field 370 37.8%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 66.1%
Field 373 33.9%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 77.6%
Field 376 22.4%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 66.2%
Field 379 33.8%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 53.0%
Field 382 47.0%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 100.0%
Field 385 N
Field 388 100%
Field 388 70.0%
Field 388 30.0%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 68.8%
Field 391 31.2%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 34.3%
Field 394 65.7%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 74.4%
Field 397 25.6%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 71.1%
Field 400 28.9%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 66.0%
Field 403 34.0%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 81.6%
Field 406 18.4%
Field 409 100%
Field 409 96.2%
Field 409 3.8%
Field 412 100%
Field 412 N
Field 412 100.0%
Field 415 100%
Field 415 73.4%
Field 415 26.6%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 100.0%
Field 418 N
Field 421 100%
Field 421 81.0%
Field 421 19.0%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 79.9%
Field 424 20.1%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Educational Attainment Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 206,465
Less than high school diploma 29.8%
High school diploma or GED 27.7%
Some college or associate's degree 19.6%
Bachelor's degree 13.9%
Graduate or professional degree 8.9%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 41.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 8.5%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2015 60.2%
% change: 1990-2000 228.3%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2015 102.1%
% change: 1990-2000 133.1%
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 (%) 86,248
Less than high school diploma 19.6%
High school diploma or GED 26.1%
Some college or associate's degree 26.5%
Bachelor's degree 16.8%
Graduate or professional degree 11.1%
Noncitizens (%) 120,217
Less than high school diploma 37.2%
High school diploma or GED 28.9%
Some college or associate's degree 14.7%
Bachelor's degree 11.9%
Graduate or professional degree 7.3%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,535,484
Less than high school diploma 5.6%
High school diploma or GED 23.7%
Some college or associate's degree 37.6%
Bachelor's degree 22.1%
Graduate or professional degree 10.9%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -21.4%
% change: 1990-2000 -10.3%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 77.5%
% change: 1990-2000 48.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 108,708
Less than high school diploma 35.4%
High school diploma or GED 20.5%
Some college or associate's degree 22.7%
Bachelor's degree 12.2%
Graduate or professional degree 9.3%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 26.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 7.5%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,091,783
Less than high school diploma 10.0%
High school diploma or GED 24.9%
Some college or associate's degree 38.8%
Bachelor's degree 18.0%
Graduate or professional degree 8.2%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 44,276
Less than high school diploma 26.5%
High school diploma or GED 22.8%
Some college or associate's degree 28.2%
Bachelor's degree 13.0%
Graduate or professional degree 9.6%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 8.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 5.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 854,536
Less than high school diploma 14.3%
High school diploma or GED 27.3%
Some college or associate's degree 35.9%
Bachelor's degree 15.8%
Graduate or professional degree 6.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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.