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English Proficiency by Language (Santa Clara County, 2012)

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

  • Of those who speak an Asian or Pacific Island language at home in Santa Clara County, nearly half (47.3%) speak English less than "very well."
     
  • Of those who speak Spanish at home in Santa Clara County, nearly half (43.5%) speak English less than "very well."

Language Spoken at Home,
Santa Clara County, 2010

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

Spanish or Spanish Creole

43.5%

Asian and Pacific Islander Languages (details below)

47.3%

Other Indo-European Languages (details below)

23.8%

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

320,188

139,242

43.5%

 

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

129,905

63,422

48.8%

Japanese

12,965

5,518

42.6%

Korean

25,747

13,657

53.0%

Mon-Khmer,
Cambodian

4,081

2,317

56.8%

Hmong

478

174

36.4%

Thai

1,802

812

45.1%

Laotian

1,244

745

59.9%

Vietnamese

111,391

69,136

62.1%

Other Asian
languages

40,622

7,530

18.5%

Tagalog

56,525

19,773

35.0%

Other Pacific
Island languages

9,145

3,217

35.2%

Total

393,905

186,301

47.3%

 

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

8,973

1,332

14.8%

French Creole

316

19

6.0%

Italian

4,155

1,281

30.8%

Portuguese or
Portuguese
Creole

7,601

2,592

34.1%

German

5,856

1,001

17.1%

Yiddish

43

43

100.0%

Other West
Germanic
languages

1,811

158

8.7%

Scandinavian
languages

1,624

171

10.5%

Greek

1,595

382

23.9%

Russian

11,892

4,324

36.4%

Polish

1,520

439

28.9%

Serbo-Croatian

3,804

1,192

31.3%

Other Slavic
languages

2,329

683

29.3%

Armenian

928

301

32.4%

Persian

13,398

4,826

36.0%

Gujarati

5,919

1,174

19.8%

Hindi

31,278

3,690

11.8%

Urdu

5,255

1,104

21.0%

Other Indic
languages

22,776

6,299

27.7%

Other Indo-
European
languages

2,196

671

30.6%

Total

133,269

31,682

23.8%

 

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

57

27

47.4%

Other Native
North American
languages

334

100

29.9%

Hungarian

527

133

25.2%

Arabic

5,422

1,422

26.2%

Hebrew

4,069

790

19.4%

African
languages

5,516

2,224

40.3%

Other and
unspecified
languages

3,370

1,236

36.7%

Total

19,295

5,932

30.7%

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