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State Language Data - KS

Kansas

Language & Education
2018
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) (%) 208,128
Speak only English 14.1%
Speak English "very well" 35.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 50.7%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2018 47.8%
% change: 1990-2000 184.3%
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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 ACS.

 
Naturalized citizens 83,857
Speak only English 22.6%
Speak English "very well" 40.6%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 36.8%
Noncitizens 124,271
Speak only English 8.3%
Speak English "very well" 31.6%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 60.1%

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) (%) 2,516,392
Speak only English 94.4%
Speak English ""very well"" 4.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.8%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -23.7%
% change: 1990-2000 20.5%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 131,895
Speak only English 15.2%
"Speak English ""very well"" 30.7%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 54.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 2,368,465
Speak only English 95.5%
"Speak English ""very well"" 3.4%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 61,389
Speak only English 22.6%
"Speak English ""very well"" 36.5%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 40.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 2,220,717
Speak only English 96.2%
"Speak English ""very well"" 2.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 5-17 518,161
Speak only English 446,696
Speak language other than English 71,465
Speak English "very well"
61,134
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
10,331
Speak Spanish 57,481
Speak English "very well"
49,978
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
7,503
Ages 18-64 1,744,168
Speak only English 1,519,104
Speak language other than English 225,064
Speak English "very well"
121,795
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
103,269
Speak Spanish 146,204
Speak English "very well"
72,964
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
73,240
65 and Older 462,191
Speak only English 438,352
Speak language other than English 23,839
Speak English "very well"
11,438
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
12,401
Speak Spanish 11,684
Speak English "very well"
5,650
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
6,034
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 86.2%
Speak language other than English 13.8%
Speak English "very well" 11.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.0%
Speak Spanish 11.1%
Speak English "very well" 9.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.4%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 87.1%
Speak language other than English 12.9%
Speak English "very well" 7.0%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 5.9%
Speak Spanish 8.4%
Speak English "very well" 4.2%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.2%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 94.8%
Speak language other than English 5.2%
Speak English "very well" 2.5%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.7%
Speak Spanish 2.5%
Speak English "very well" 1.2%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.3%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Population (age 5 and older)
 
 
Language Spoken at Home (detailed, by English proficiency)

Note: 1) 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. 2) Data for Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 ACS.

Number
Total Household Population, Age 5 and Older 2,724,520
Speak only English 2,404,152
Speak language other than English 320,368
Spanish 215,369
Speak English "very well" 128,592
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 86,777
French (Including Cajun) 3,961
Speak English "very well" 3,358
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 603
Haitian 329
Speak English "very well" 329
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Italian 1,107
Speak English "very well" 841
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 266
Portuguese 1,429
Speak English "very well" 1,170
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 259
German 10,128
Speak English "very well" 7,699
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,429
Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or Other West Germanic Languages 2,192
Speak English "very well" 2,038
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 154
Russian 1,243
Speak English "very well" 974
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 269
Polish 62
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 62
Other Slavic Languages 923
Speak English "very well" 639
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 284
Armenian 62
Speak English "very well" 62
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian (including Farsi, Dari) 1,947
Speak English "very well" 1,083
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 864
Gujarati 1,458
Speak English "very well" 1,048
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 410
Hindi 4,584
Speak English "very well" 4,189
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 395
Urdu 2,360
Speak English "very well" 1,948
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 412
Punjabi 1,115
Speak English "very well" 451
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 664
Bengali 1,212
Speak English "very well" 1,020
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 192
Nepali, Marathi, or Other Indic Languages 3,535
Speak English "very well" 1,331
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,204
Other Indo-European Languages 916
Speak English "very well" 875
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 41
Telugu 2,374
Speak English "very well" 1,840
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 534
Tamil 2,297
Speak English "very well" 2,136
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 161
Malayalam, Kannada, or Other Dravidian Languages 818
Speak English "very well" 625
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 193
Chinese (including Mandarin, Cantonese) 11,167
Speak English "very well" 6,435
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,732
Japanese 1,939
Speak English "very well" 1,350
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 589
Korean 3,835
Speak English "very well" 2,392
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,443
Hmong 2,546
Speak English "very well" 1,260
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,286
Vietnamese 13,658
Speak English "very well" 4,330
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 9,328
Khmer 328
Speak English "very well" 310
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 18
Thai, Lao, or Other Tai-Kadai Languages 5,016
Speak English "very well" 2,448
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,568
Other Languages of Asia 2,187
Speak English "very well" 576
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,611
Tagalog (including Filipino) 2,506
Speak English "very well" 1,974
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 532
Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or Other Austronesian Languages 3,152
Speak English "very well" 1,232
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,920
Arabic 5,297
Speak English "very well" 2,783
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,514
Hebrew 270
Speak English "very well" 270
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Amharic, Somali, or Other Afro-Asiatic Languages 1,639
Speak English "very well" 776
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 863
Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or Other Languages of Western Africa 2,064
Speak English "very well" 1,665
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 399
Swahili or Other Languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa 3,965
Speak English "very well" 3,096
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 869
Native Languages of North America 717
Speak English "very well" 660
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 57
Other and Unspecified Languages 661
Speak English "very well" 562
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 99
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 88.2%
Field 308 11.8%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 59.7%
Field 310 40.3%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 84.8%
Field 315 15.2%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 100.0%
Field 316 N
Field 319 100%
Field 319 76.0%
Field 319 24.0%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 81.9%
Field 322 18.1%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 76.0%
Field 325 24.0%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 93.0%
Field 328 7.0%
Field 331 100%
Field 331 78.4%
Field 331 21.6%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 N
Field 334 100.0%
Field 337 100%
Field 337 69.2%
Field 337 30.8%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 100.0%
Field 340 N
Field 343 100%
Field 343 55.6%
Field 343 44.4%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 71.9%
Field 346 28.1%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 91.4%
Field 349 8.6%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 82.5%
Field 352 17.5%
Field 355 100%
Field 355 40.4%
Field 355 59.6%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 84.2%
Field 358 15.8%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 37.7%
Field 361 62.3%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 95.5%
Field 364 4.5%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 77.5%
Field 367 22.5%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 93.0%
Field 370 7.0%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 76.4%
Field 373 23.6%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 57.6%
Field 376 42.4%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 69.6%
Field 379 30.4%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 62.4%
Field 382 37.6%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 49.5%
Field 385 50.5%
Field 388 100%
Field 388 31.7%
Field 388 68.3%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 94.5%
Field 391 5.5%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 48.8%
Field 394 51.2%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 26.3%
Field 397 73.7%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 78.8%
Field 400 21.2%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 39.1%
Field 403 60.9%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 52.5%
Field 406 47.5%
Field 409 100%
Field 409 100.0%
Field 409 N
Field 412 100%
Field 412 47.3%
Field 412 52.7%
Field 415 100%
Field 415 80.7%
Field 415 19.3%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 78.1%
Field 418 21.9%
Field 421 100%
Field 421 92.1%
Field 421 7.9%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 85.0%
Field 424 15.0%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Educational Attainment Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 172,759
Less than high school diploma 36.4%
High school diploma or GED 18.1%
Some college or associate's degree 17.6%
Bachelor's degree 12.5%
Graduate or professional degree 15.4%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 36.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 7.5%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2018 47.5%
% change: 1990-2000 161.7%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2018 139.1%
% change: 1990-2000 70.0%
Educational Attainment by U.S. Citizenship Status (foreign-born adults, age 25 and older)

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 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 (%) 73,899
Less than high school diploma 21.5%
High school diploma or GED 20.9%
Some college or associate's degree 22.4%
Bachelor's degree 17.1%
Graduate or professional degree 18.1%
Noncitizens (%) 98,860
Less than high school diploma 47.5%
High school diploma or GED 16%
Some college or associate's degree 14.1%
Bachelor's degree 9.1%
Graduate or professional degree 13.3%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,738,667
Less than high school diploma 6.3%
High school diploma or GED 26.1%
Some college or associate's degree 33.2%
Bachelor's degree 21.9%
Graduate or professional degree 12.5%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -43.6%
% change: 1990-2000 -30.6%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 43.8%
% change: 1990-2000 30.3%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 93,965
Less than high school diploma 45.4%
High school diploma or GED 18.8%
Some college or associate's degree 14.4%
Bachelor's degree 10.9%
Graduate or professional degree 10.5%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 18.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 4.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,603,224
Less than high school diploma 12.1%
High school diploma or GED 30.7%
Some college or associate's degree 31.3%
Bachelor's degree 17.3%
Graduate or professional degree 8.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 44,746
Less than high school diploma 36.4%
High school diploma or GED 17.1%
Some college or associate's degree 20.0%
Bachelor's degree 12.7%
Graduate or professional degree 13.7%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 5.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 3.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,518,799
Less than high school diploma 18.4%
High school diploma or GED 33.2%
Some college or associate's degree 27.4%
Bachelor's degree 14.3%
Graduate or professional degree 6.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2018 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, Sarah Flood, Ronald Goeken, Josiah Grover, Erin Meyer, Jose Pacas, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) USA: Version 8.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2018. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V8.0.

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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 ACS. 
  • For “Language Spoken at Home (detailed, by English proficiency)”: Data for Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 ACS.