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State Language Data - SC

South Carolina

Language & Education
2012
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) (%) 220,214
Speak only English 21.3%
Speak English "very well" 34.1%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 44.6%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2012 101.9%
% 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 81,537
Speak only English 32.6%
Speak English "very well" 42.2%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 25.2%
Noncitizens 138,677
Speak only English 14.6%
Speak English "very well" 29.4%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 56.0%

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) (%) 4,208,972
Speak only English 96.8%
Speak English ""very well"" 2.6%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 0.6%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -29.2%
% 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 5-17 786,439
Speak only English 722,875
Speak language other than English 63,564
Speak English "very well"
50,467
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
13,097
Speak Spanish 47,145
Speak English "very well"
36,533
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
10,612
Ages 18-64 2,947,971
Speak only English 2,727,691
Speak language other than English 220,280
Speak English "very well"
122,529
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
97,751
Speak Spanish 141,717
Speak English "very well"
70,904
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
70,813
65 and Older 694,776
Speak only English 669,991
Speak language other than English 24,785
Speak English "very well"
13,612
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
11,173
Speak Spanish 8,288
Speak English "very well"
4,285
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
4,003
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 91.9%
Speak language other than English 8.1%
Speak English "very well" 6.4%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.7%
Speak Spanish 6.0%
Speak English "very well" 4.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.3%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 92.5%
Speak language other than English 7.5%
Speak English "very well" 4.2%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 3.3%
Speak Spanish 4.8%
Speak English "very well" 2.4%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.4%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 96.4%
Speak language other than English 3.6%
Speak English "very well" 2.0%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.6%
Speak Spanish 1.2%
Speak English "very well" 0.6%
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 4,429,186
Speak only English 4,120,557
Speak language other than English 308,629
Spanish or Spanish Creole 197,150
Speak English "very well" 111,722
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 85,428
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 12,105
Speak English "very well" 9,421
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,684
French Creole 1,174
Speak English "very well" 1,011
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 163
Italian 3,274
Speak English "very well" 2,934
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 340
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 4,847
Speak English "very well" 2,710
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,137
German 12,574
Speak English "very well" 10,299
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,275
Yiddish N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 1,149
Speak English "very well" 1,043
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 106
Scandinavian Languages 960
Speak English "very well" 900
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 60
Greek 1,725
Speak English "very well" 1,479
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 246
Russian 6,167
Speak English "very well" 4,547
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,620
Polish 1,934
Speak English "very well" 1,476
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 458
Serbo-Croatian 661
Speak English "very well" 546
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 115
Other Slavic Languages 4,052
Speak English "very well" 1,873
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,179
Armenian 156
Speak English "very well" 156
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Persian 1,229
Speak English "very well" 777
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 452
Gujarati 3,758
Speak English "very well" 2,699
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,059
Hindi 2,101
Speak English "very well" 1,887
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 214
Urdu 1,492
Speak English "very well" 993
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 499
Other Indic Languages 3,149
Speak English "very well" 1,545
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,604
Other Indo-European Languages 1,533
Speak English "very well" 1,073
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 460
Chinese 7,387
Speak English "very well" 2,914
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,473
Japanese 3,480
Speak English "very well" 2,134
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,346
Korean 2,725
Speak English "very well" 1,041
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,684
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 1,643
Speak English "very well" 1,181
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 462
Hmong 1,928
Speak English "very well" 1,389
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 539
Thai 1,247
Speak English "very well" 704
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 543
Laotian 1,268
Speak English "very well" 604
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 664
Vietnamese 7,320
Speak English "very well" 3,214
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,106
Other Asian Languages 3,620
Speak English "very well" 3,043
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 577
Tagalog 7,366
Speak English "very well" 4,675
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,691
Other Pacific Island Languages 615
Speak English "very well" 331
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 284
Navajo 39
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 39
Other Native North American Languages 259
Speak English "very well" 213
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 46
Hungarian 777
Speak English "very well" 699
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 78
Arabic 3,731
Speak English "very well" 2,259
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,472
Hebrew 264
Speak English "very well" 264
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
African Languages 2,862
Speak English "very well" 2,239
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 623
Other and Unspecified Languages 908
Speak English "very well" 613
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 295
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 93.0%
Field 308 7.0%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 56.7%
Field 310 43.3%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 77.8%
Field 315 22.2%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 86.1%
Field 316 13.9%
Field 319 100%
Field 319 89.6%
Field 319 10.4%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 55.9%
Field 322 44.1%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 81.9%
Field 325 18.1%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 N
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 90.8%
Field 331 9.2%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 93.8%
Field 334 6.3%
Field 337 100%
Field 337 85.7%
Field 337 14.3%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 73.7%
Field 340 26.3%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 76.3%
Field 343 23.7%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 82.6%
Field 346 17.4%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 46.2%
Field 349 53.8%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 100.0%
Field 352 N
Field 355 100%
Field 355 63.2%
Field 355 36.8%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 71.8%
Field 358 28.2%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 89.8%
Field 361 10.2%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 66.6%
Field 364 33.4%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 49.1%
Field 367 50.9%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 70.0%
Field 370 30.0%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 39.4%
Field 373 60.6%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 61.3%
Field 376 38.7%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 38.2%
Field 379 61.8%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 71.9%
Field 382 28.1%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 72.0%
Field 385 28.0%
Field 388 100%
Field 388 56.5%
Field 388 43.5%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 47.6%
Field 391 52.4%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 43.9%
Field 394 56.1%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 84.1%
Field 397 15.9%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 63.5%
Field 400 36.5%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 53.8%
Field 403 46.2%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 N
Field 406 100.0%
Field 409 100%
Field 409 82.2%
Field 409 17.8%
Field 412 100%
Field 412 90.0%
Field 412 10.0%
Field 415 100%
Field 415 60.5%
Field 415 39.5%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 100.0%
Field 418 N
Field 421 100%
Field 421 78.2%
Field 421 21.8%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 67.5%
Field 424 32.5%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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) 183,974
Less than high school diploma 29.1%
High school diploma or GED 24.5%
Some college or associate's degree 18.3%
Bachelor's degree 16.0%
Graduate or professional degree 12.1%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 11.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 6.5%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2012 106.8%
% change: 1990-2000 221.0%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2012 106.1%
% 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, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and data for North Dakota and Wyoming are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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 (%) 72,031
Less than high school diploma 14.3%
High school diploma or GED 24.6%
Some college or associate's degree 25.2%
Bachelor's degree 21.2%
Graduate or professional degree 14.7%
Noncitizens (%) 111,943
Less than high school diploma 38.6%
High school diploma or GED 24.5%
Some college or associate's degree 14%
Bachelor's degree 12.7%
Graduate or professional degree 10.3%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 2,967,642
Less than high school diploma 14.3%
High school diploma or GED 30.1%
Some college or associate's degree 30.7%
Bachelor's degree 16.0%
Graduate or professional degree 8.9%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -28.6%
% change: 1990-2000 -13.0%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 46.5%
% 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, 2012 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, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and North Dakota and Wyoming data are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 ACS.