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English Proficiency by Language (Alameda County, 2012)

Ability to speak English by language spoken at home, population 5 years and older, Alameda County 2012.

  • Of those who speak an Asian or Pacific Island language at home in Alameda County, nearly half (48.8%) speak English less than "very well."
     
  • Of those who speak Spanish at home in Alameda County, nearly half (46%) speak English less than "very well."

Language Spoken at Home,
Alameda County, 2012

Percentage Who Speak English Less than "Very Well" within Specified Language Group

Spanish or Spanish Creole

46.0%

Asian and Pacific Islander Languages (details below)

48.8%

Other Indo-European Languages (details below)

25.8%

Other Languages (details below)

34.4%

 

 

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Spanish or Spanish Creole

242,663

111,558

46.0%

 

Asian and Pacific
Islander Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Chinese

121,155

69,972

57.8%

Japanese

6,707

2,812

41.9%

Korean

13,964

7,662

54.9%

Mon-Khmer,
Cambodian

3,056

1,776

54.9%

Hmong

469

240

51.2%

Thai

2,109

1,173

55.6%

Laotian

1,622

1,139

70.2%

Vietnamese

28,855

16,207

56.2%

Other Asian
languages

23,224

6,659

28.7%

Tagalog

52,198

16,972

32.5%

Other Pacific
Island languages

7,058

2,345

33.2%

Total

260,417

126,957

48.8%

 

Other Indo-
European
Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

French

6,794

1,063

15.6%

French Creole

272

66

24.3%

Italian

2,571

717

27.9%

Portuguese or
Portuguese
Creole

6,215

1,582

25.5%

German

4,864

530

10.9%

Yiddish

191

14

7.3%

Other West
Germanic
languages

1,311

92

7.0%

Scandinavian
languages

1,205

78

6.5%

Greek

1,540

210

13.6%

Russian

3,793

1,645

43.4%

Polish

766

299

39.0%

Serbo-Croatian

1,569

433

27.6%

Other Slavic
languages

630

134

21.3%

Armenian

883

226

25.6%

Persian

11,396

4,580

40.2%

Gujarati

5,003

1,414

28.3%

Hindi

27,073

4,671

17.3%

Urdu

3,387

912

26.9%

Other Indic
languages

17,657

6,259

35.4%

Other Indo-
European
languages

2,981

950

31.9%

Total

100,101

25,875

25.8%

 

Other
Languages

Total Number of Those Who Don't Speak English at Home

Number Who Speak English Less than "Very Well"

Percentage of Limited English Speakers within Specified Language

Navajo

230

43

18.7%

Other Native
North American
languages

114

0

0.0%

Hungarian

754

278

36.9%

Arabic

6,837

2,067

30.2%

Hebrew

1,300

161

12.4%

African
languages

6,297

2,653

42.1%

Other and
unspecified
languages

655

361

55.1%

Total

16,187

5,563

34.4%

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