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State Language Data - UT

Utah

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) (%) 239,565
Speak only English 16.6%
Speak English "very well" 35.0%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 48.4%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2012 47.4%
% 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.

 
Naturalized citizens 83,775
Speak only English 26.6%
Speak English "very well" 41%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 32.4%
Noncitizens 155,790
Speak only English 11.3%
Speak English "very well" 31.7%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 57.0%

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) (%) 2,357,793
Speak only English 92.3%
Speak English ""very well"" 6.8%
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1.0%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) Population: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -15.5%
% 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 5-17 629,259
Speak only English 540,328
Speak language other than English 88,931
Speak English "very well"
73,304
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
15,627
Speak Spanish 69,376
Speak English "very well"
58,694
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
10,682
Ages 18-64 1,696,217
Speak only English 1,427,573
Speak language other than English 268,644
Speak English "very well"
157,685
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
110,959
Speak Spanish 179,469
Speak English "very well"
96,499
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
82,970
65 and Older 271,882
Speak only English 247,303
Speak language other than English 24,579
Speak English "very well"
12,383
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
12,196
Speak Spanish 10,680
Speak English "very well"
4,762
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP)
5,918
%
65 and Older 100%
Speak only English 85.9%
Speak language other than English 14.1%
Speak English "very well" 11.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.5%
Speak Spanish 11.0%
Speak English "very well" 9.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 1.7%
Ages 18-64 100%
Speak only English 84.2%
Speak language other than English 15.8%
Speak English "very well" 9.3%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 6.5%
Speak Spanish 10.6%
Speak English "very well" 5.7%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.9%
Ages 5-17 100%
Speak only English 91.0%
Speak language other than English 9.0%
Speak English "very well" 4.6%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 4.5%
Speak Spanish 3.9%
Speak English "very well" 1.8%
Speak English less than "very well" (LEP) 2.2%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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 2,597,358
Speak only English 2,215,204
Speak language other than English 382,154
Spanish or Spanish Creole 259,525
Speak English "very well" 159,955
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 99,570
French (Including Patois and Cajun) 8,162
Speak English "very well" 6,344
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,818
French Creole 821
Speak English "very well" 821
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Italian 2,190
Speak English "very well" 1,938
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 252
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 6,484
Speak English "very well" 5,354
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,130
German 8,149
Speak English "very well" 6,734
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,415
Yiddish N
Speak English "very well" N
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Other West Germanic Languages 2,155
Speak English "very well" 1,968
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 187
Scandinavian Languages 1,756
Speak English "very well" 1,617
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 139
Greek 1,121
Speak English "very well" 1,012
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 109
Russian 4,324
Speak English "very well" 2,839
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,485
Polish 498
Speak English "very well" 322
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 176
Serbo-Croatian 4,372
Speak English "very well" 3,031
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,341
Other Slavic Languages 781
Speak English "very well" 548
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 233
Armenian 933
Speak English "very well" 319
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 614
Persian 1,068
Speak English "very well" 389
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 679
Gujarati 287
Speak English "very well" 276
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 11
Hindi 1,537
Speak English "very well" 969
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 568
Urdu 562
Speak English "very well" 379
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 183
Other Indic Languages 3,762
Speak English "very well" 1,855
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,907
Other Indo-European Languages 1,336
Speak English "very well" 730
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 606
Chinese 10,052
Speak English "very well" 5,269
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 4,783
Japanese 4,801
Speak English "very well" 3,332
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,469
Korean 4,578
Speak English "very well" 2,753
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,825
Mon-Khmer, Cambodian 1,702
Speak English "very well" 597
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,105
Hmong 147
Speak English "very well" 39
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 108
Thai 917
Speak English "very well" 572
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 345
Laotian 1,733
Speak English "very well" 926
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 807
Vietnamese 5,773
Speak English "very well" 2,113
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,660
Other Asian Languages 6,741
Speak English "very well" 3,234
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 3,507
Tagalog 5,041
Speak English "very well" 2,845
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,196
Other Pacific Island Languages 13,673
Speak English "very well" 10,771
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 2,902
Navajo 7,303
Speak English "very well" 6,400
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 903
Other Native North American Languages 2,244
Speak English "very well" 2,066
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 178
Hungarian 137
Speak English "very well" 137
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
Arabic 3,138
Speak English "very well" 1,948
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,190
Hebrew 265
Speak English "very well" 265
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) N
African Languages 3,324
Speak English "very well" 2,058
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 1,266
Other and Unspecified Languages 762
Speak English "very well" 647
Speak English less than “very well” (LEP) 115
%
Field 306 100%
Field 307 85.3%
Field 308 14.7%
Field 310 100%
Field 310 61.6%
Field 310 38.4%
Field 313 100%
Field 314 77.7%
Field 315 22.3%
Field 316 100%
Field 316 100.0%
Field 316 N
Field 319 100%
Field 319 88.5%
Field 319 11.5%
Field 322 100%
Field 322 82.6%
Field 322 17.4%
Field 325 100%
Field 325 82.6%
Field 325 17.4%
Field 328 100%
Field 328 N
Field 328 N
Field 331 100%
Field 331 91.3%
Field 331 8.7%
Field 334 100%
Field 334 92.1%
Field 334 7.9%
Field 337 100%
Field 337 90.3%
Field 337 9.7%
Field 340 100%
Field 340 65.7%
Field 340 34.3%
Field 343 100%
Field 343 64.7%
Field 343 35.3%
Field 346 100%
Field 346 69.3%
Field 346 30.7%
Field 349 100%
Field 349 70.2%
Field 349 29.8%
Field 352 100%
Field 352 34.2%
Field 352 65.8%
Field 355 100%
Field 355 36.4%
Field 355 63.6%
Field 358 100%
Field 358 96.2%
Field 358 3.8%
Field 361 100%
Field 361 63.0%
Field 361 37.0%
Field 364 100%
Field 364 67.4%
Field 364 32.6%
Field 367 100%
Field 367 49.3%
Field 367 50.7%
Field 370 100%
Field 370 54.6%
Field 370 45.4%
Field 373 100%
Field 373 52.4%
Field 373 47.6%
Field 376 100%
Field 376 69.4%
Field 376 30.6%
Field 379 100%
Field 379 60.1%
Field 379 39.9%
Field 382 100%
Field 382 35.1%
Field 382 64.9%
Field 385 100%
Field 385 26.5%
Field 385 73.5%
Field 388 100%
Field 388 62.4%
Field 388 37.6%
Field 391 100%
Field 391 53.4%
Field 391 46.6%
Field 394 100%
Field 394 36.6%
Field 394 63.4%
Field 397 100%
Field 397 48.0%
Field 397 52.0%
Field 400 100%
Field 400 56.4%
Field 400 43.6%
Field 403 100%
Field 403 78.8%
Field 403 21.2%
Field 406 100%
Field 406 87.6%
Field 406 12.4%
Field 409 100%
Field 409 92.1%
Field 409 7.9%
Field 412 100%
Field 412 100.0%
Field 412 N
Field 415 100%
Field 415 62.1%
Field 415 37.9%
Field 418 100%
Field 418 100.0%
Field 418 N
Field 421 100%
Field 421 61.9%
Field 421 38.1%
Field 424 100%
Field 424 84.9%
Field 424 15.1%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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) 192,905
Less than high school diploma 32.5%
High school diploma or GED 21.0%
Some college or associate's degree 22.7%
Bachelor's degree 14.7%
Graduate or professional degree 9.2%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Less than high school diploma 42.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 9.1%
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2012 62.9%
% change: 1990-2000 228.3%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2012 97.2%
% change: 1990-2000 133.1%
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 (%) 75,389
Less than high school diploma 18.9%
High school diploma or GED 20.1%
Some college or associate's degree 32%
Bachelor's degree 18.1%
Graduate or professional degree 11%
Noncitizens (%) 117,516
Less than high school diploma 41.2%
High school diploma or GED 21.6%
Some college or associate's degree 16.8%
Bachelor's degree 12.4%
Graduate or professional degree 8%
U.S. Born
Population (age 25 and older) 1,448,430
Less than high school diploma 5.9%
High school diploma or GED 23.3%
Some college or associate's degree 39.1%
Bachelor's degree 21.1%
Graduate or professional degree 10.6%
% Foreign Born among Adults with  
Nothing  
Nothing  
Educational Attainment: Change over Time  
Adults with no high school diploma  
% change: 2000-2011 -22.6%
% change: 1990-2000 -10.3%
Adults with a bachelor's degree or higher  
% change: 2000-2011 60.3%
% 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 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.