The population who speaks a language other than English includes only those who sometimes or always speak a language other than English at home. It does not include those who speak a language other than English only at school or work, or those who were limited to only a few expressions or slang of the other language. Most people who speak another language at home also speak English.
According to 2000 Census data, 5.2 percent of South Carolina's population aged 5 years and over spoke a language other than English at home. Of the 196,429 people who spoke a language other than English, 41.9 percent (82,279 people) spoke English less than "very well."
In 1990, 3.5 percent of the population aged 5 and over in South Carolina spoke a language other than English at home. Of those who spoke a language other than English at home, 33.4 percent spoke English less than "very well."
Language Spoken at Home: 2000
|Population 5 Years and Over||Speaks English Only||Speaks Language Other Than English||Speaks English Less Than "Very Well"|
Languages Spoken at Home Other than English: 2000
|South Carolina||United States|
|Population 5 Years and Over||3,748,669||100.0||262,375,152||100.0|
|Speaks Language Other Than English at Home||196,429||5.2||46,951,595||17.9|
|Speaks English Less Than "Very Well"||53,604||1.4||13,751,256||5.2|
|Speaks Other Indo-European Language||55,116||1.5||10,017,989||3.8|
|Speak English Less Than "Very Well"||14,485||0.4||3,390,301||1.3|
|Speaks Asian and Pacific Island Language||25,534||0.7||6,960,065||2.7|
|Speak English Less Than "Very Well"||12,489||0.3||3,590,024||1.4|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000. SF3 Demographic Profiles, Table DP-2.