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English Proficiency by Language (Orange County, 2012)

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

  • Of those who speak an Asian or Pacific Island language at home in Orange County, more than half (50.5%) speak English less than "very well."
     
  • Of those who speak Spanish at home in Orange County, nearly half (47%) speak English less than "very well."

Language Spoken at Home,
Orange County, 2012

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

Spanish or Spanish Creole

47.0%

Asian and Pacific Islander Languages (details below)

50.5%

Other Indo-European Languages (details below)

26.9%

Other Languages (details below)

30.7%

 

 

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

762,585

358,034

47.0%

 

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

66,176

29,472

44.5%

Japanese

14,750

7,171

48.6%

Korean

77,635

45,075

58.1%

Mon-Khmer,
Cambodian

6,107

2,807

46.0%

Hmong

1,229

428

34.8%

Thai

3,114

1,556

50.0%

Laotian

2,810

1,253

44.6%

Vietnamese

163,386

97,192

59.5%

Other Asian
languages

8,192

1,855

22.6%

Tagalog

46,871

11,805

25.2%

Other Pacific
Island languages

8,685

2,883

33.2%

Total

398,955

201,497

50.5%

 

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

8,772

1,714

19.5%

French Creole

0

0

0%

Italian

4,221

763

18.1%

Portuguese or
Portuguese
Creole

4,132

939

22.7%

German

8,779

990

11.3%

Yiddish

244

111

45.5%

Other West
Germanic
languages

3,214

526

16.4%

Scandinavian
languages

2,078

280

13.5%

Greek

2,620

367

14.0%

Russian

5,403

1,877

34.7%

Polish

1,891

428

22.6%

Serbo-Croatian

1,686

561

33.3%

Other Slavic
languages

1,928

584

30.3%

Armenian

3,693

1,051

28.5%

Persian

31,264

10,784

34.5%

Gujarati

7,505

2,468

32.9%

Hindi

9,566

1,632

17.1%

Urdu

5,567

1,289

23.2%

Other Indic
languages

11,549

3,490

30.2%

Other Indo-
European
languages

6,393

2,591

40.5%

Total

120,505

32,445

26.9%

 

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

27

0

0.0%

Other Native
North American
languages

223

33

14.8%

Hungarian

893

140

15.7%

Arabic

18,071

5,950

32.9%

Hebrew

1,515

88

5.8%

African
languages

2,644

1,000

37.8%

Other and
unspecified
languages

881

235

26.7%

Total

24,254

7,446

30.7%

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