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State Language Data - WY

Wyoming

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) (%) 17,411
Speak only English 25.9%
Speak English "very well" 39.5%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 34.5%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2018 52.7%
% change: 1990-2000 57.7%
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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 ACS.

 
Naturalized citizens 7,678
Speak only English 41.3%
Speak English "very well" 37.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 21.6%
Noncitizens 12,491
Speak only English 16.4%
Speak English "very well" 29.5%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 54.1%

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) (%) 524,931
Speak only English 95.2%
Speak English ""very well"" 4.3%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.4%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -53.6%
% change: 1990-2000 0.3%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 11,047
Speak only English 34.9%
"Speak English ""very well"" 29.4%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 35.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 451,762
Speak only English 95.1%
"Speak English ""very well"" 3.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 8,308
Speak only English 38.9%
"Speak English ""very well"" 31.0%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 30.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
English Proficiency (age 5 and older) (%) 409,881
Speak only English 95.6%
"Speak English ""very well"" 3.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.2%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 97,701
Speak only English 91,749
Speak language other than English 5,952
Speak English "very well"
5,307
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
645
Speak Spanish 5,171
Speak English "very well"
4,526
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
645
Ages 18-64 348,084
Speak only English 321,299
Speak language other than English 26,785
Speak English "very well"
19,645
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
7,140
Speak Spanish 17,405
Speak English "very well"
12,674
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
4,731
65 and Older 96,557
Speak only English 91,380
Speak language other than English 5,177
Speak English "very well"
4,639
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
538
Speak Spanish 2,820
Speak English "very well"
2,340
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
480
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 93.9%
Speak language other than English 6.1%
Speak English "very well" 5.4%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.7%
Speak Spanish 5.3%
Speak English "very well" 4.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.7%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 92.3%
Speak language other than English 7.7%
Speak English "very well" 5.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.1%
Speak Spanish 5.0%
Speak English "very well" 3.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.4%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 94.6%
Speak language other than English 5.4%
Speak English "very well" 4.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.6%
Speak Spanish 2.9%
Speak English "very well" 2.4%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 0.5%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 544,566
Speak only English 504,841
Speak language other than English 39,725
Spanish 27,564
Speak English "very well" 18,666
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 8,898
French (Including Cajun) 1,328
Speak English "very well" 1,114
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 214
Haitian 37
Speak English "very well" 37
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Italian 375
Speak English "very well" 288
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 87
Portuguese 117
Speak English "very well" 110
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 7
German 1,977
Speak English "very well" 1,768
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 209
Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or Other West Germanic Languages 178
Speak English "very well" 142
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 36
Russian 468
Speak English "very well" 291
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 177
Polish N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other Slavic Languages 214
Speak English "very well" 162
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 52
Armenian N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian (including Farsi, Dari) 74
Speak English "very well" 40
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 34
Gujarati 8
Speak English "very well" 6
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2
Hindi 48
Speak English "very well" 4
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 44
Urdu 49
Speak English "very well" 32
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 17
Punjabi 31
Speak English "very well" 16
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 15
Bengali 79
Speak English "very well" 31
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 48
Nepali, Marathi, or Other Indic Languages 130
Speak English "very well" 74
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 56
Other Indo-European Languages 250
Speak English "very well" 195
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 55
Telugu 36
Speak English "very well" 25
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 11
Tamil 89
Speak English "very well" 77
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 12
Malayalam, Kannada, or Other Dravidian Languages 27
Speak English "very well" 27
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Chinese (including Mandarin, Cantonese) 875
Speak English "very well" 405
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 470
Japanese 450
Speak English "very well" 375
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 75
Korean 366
Speak English "very well" 251
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 115
Hmong 4
Speak English "very well" 4
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Vietnamese 69
Speak English "very well" 37
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 32
Khmer 20
Speak English "very well" 20
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Thai, Lao, or Other Tai-Kadai Languages 147
Speak English "very well" 39
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 108
Other Languages of Asia 20
Speak English "very well" 5
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 15
Tagalog (including Filipino) 780
Speak English "very well" 504
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 276
Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or Other Austronesian Languages 283
Speak English "very well" 223
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 60
Arabic 416
Speak English "very well" 269
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 147
Hebrew 17
Speak English "very well" 17
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Amharic, Somali, or Other Afro-Asiatic Languages 61
Speak English "very well" 15
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 46
Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or Other Languages of Western Africa 178
Speak English "very well" 148
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 30
Swahili or Other Languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa 221
Speak English "very well" 200
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 21
Native Languages of North America 2,466
Speak English "very well" 2,285
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 181
Other and Unspecified Languages 273
Speak English "very well" 259
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 14
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 92.7%
Field 308 7.3%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 67.7%
Field 310 32.3%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 83.9%
Field 315 16.1%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 100.0%
Field 316 N
Field 319 100%
Field 319 76.8%
Field 319 23.2%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 94.0%
Field 322 6.0%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 89.4%
Field 325 10.6%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 79.8%
Field 328 20.2%
Field 331 100%
Field 331 62.2%
Field 331 37.8%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 N
Field 334 N
Field 337 100%
Field 337 75.7%
Field 337 24.3%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 N
Field 340 N
Field 343 100%
Field 343 54.1%
Field 343 45.9%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 75.0%
Field 346 25.0%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 8.3%
Field 349 91.7%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 65.3%
Field 352 34.7%
Field 355 100%
Field 355 51.6%
Field 355 48.4%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 39.2%
Field 358 60.8%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 56.9%
Field 361 43.1%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 78.0%
Field 364 22.0%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 69.4%
Field 367 30.6%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 86.5%
Field 370 13.5%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 100.0%
Field 373 N
Field 376 100%
Field 376 46.3%
Field 376 53.7%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 83.3%
Field 379 16.7%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 68.6%
Field 382 31.4%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 100.0%
Field 385 N
Field 388 100%
Field 388 53.6%
Field 388 46.4%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 100.0%
Field 391 N
Field 394 100%
Field 394 26.5%
Field 394 73.5%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 25.0%
Field 397 75.0%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 64.6%
Field 400 35.4%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 78.8%
Field 403 21.2%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 64.7%
Field 406 35.3%
Field 409 100%
Field 409 100.0%
Field 409 N
Field 412 100%
Field 412 24.6%
Field 412 75.4%
Field 415 100%
Field 415 83.1%
Field 415 16.9%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 90.5%
Field 418 9.5%
Field 421 100%
Field 421 92.7%
Field 421 7.3%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 94.9%
Field 424 5.1%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Educational Attainment Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 15,729
Less than high school diploma 19.0%
High school diploma or GED 31.2%
Some college or associate's degree 17.7%
Bachelor's degree 18.3%
Graduate or professional degree 13.7%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 11.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 4.8%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2018 -8.6%
% change: 1990-2000 9.3%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2018 148.3%
% change: 1990-2000 86.5%
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 (%) 6,661
Less than high school diploma 19.3%
High school diploma or GED 21.9%
Some college or associate's degree 26.8%
Bachelor's degree 15.5%
Graduate or professional degree 16.5%
Noncitizens (%) 10,032
Less than high school diploma 39.3%
High school diploma or GED 25.6%
Some college or associate's degree 15.6%
Bachelor's degree 11%
Graduate or professional degree 8.4%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 377,407
Less than high school diploma 6.2%
High school diploma or GED 28.7%
Some college or associate's degree 38.4%
Bachelor's degree 16.8%
Graduate or professional degree 9.8%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -35.0%
% change: 1990-2000 -19.9%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 56.1%
% change: 1990-2000 30.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 9,726
Less than high school diploma 33.6%
High school diploma or GED 19.6%
Some college or associate's degree 25.9%
Bachelor's degree 12.4%
Graduate or professional degree 8.5%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 8.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 3.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 306,833
Less than high school diploma 11.7%
High school diploma or GED 31.4%
Some college or associate's degree 35.9%
Bachelor's degree 14.1%
Graduate or professional degree 6.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (age 25 and older) 6,822
Less than high school diploma 43.8%
High school diploma or GED 19.8%
Some college or associate's degree 20.4%
Bachelor's degree 9.6%
Graduate or professional degree 6.4%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 6.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 2.2%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 271,150
Less than high school diploma 16.5%
High school diploma or GED 33.7%
Some college or associate's degree 31.6%
Bachelor's degree 12.9%
Graduate or professional degree 5.3%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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.