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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table A-1.10.

Percentage of children ages 5-17 who spoke a language other than English at home and who spoke English with difficulty, by age, locale, and race/ethnicity: 2004


Locale and race/ethnicity Spoke a language other than English at home
Total Spoke English with difficulty1
Total Ages 59 Ages 1017
Total2 18.9 5.2 6.8 4.3
 
City2 29.0 8.6 11.3 6.8
White 8.8 2.0 2.4 1.8
Black 4.9 1.3 1.3 1.3
Hispanic 71.5 22.3 28.8 17.8
Asian 68.2 19.0 23.2 16.4
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 38.5 7.5 9.5 6.2
American Indian/Alaska Native 6.9 2.2 2.9 1.8
 
Suburban2 19.4 4.8 6.1 4.1
White 5.9 1.2 1.1 1.3
Black 6.2 1.4 1.7 1.3
Hispanic 66.9 17.9 21.8 15.1
Asian 60.9 15.3 19.3 12.7
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 32.5 5.9 7.2 ! 5.1 !
American Indian/Alaska Native 10.5 1.9 4.3 0.6
 
Town2 11.9 3.2 4.1 2.7
White 2.4 0.7 0.4 0.8
Black 2.5 0.8 0.4 1.1
Hispanic 59.9 16.0 21.7 12.2
Asian 53.3 17.4 15.7 18.5
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 38.8 ! 11.3 ! 14.2 ! 9.1 !
American Indian/Alaska Native 13.8 1.4 2.6 0.8
 
Rural2 7.0 2.3 2.6 2.2
White 3.3 1.4 1.2 1.4
Black 1.1 0.6 # 0.9
Hispanic 52.8 16.3 19.6 14.2
Asian 57.2 13.4 17.4 11.0
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 13.3 ! 1.5 # 1.9
American Indian/Alaska Native 18.5 1.4 2.2 1.1
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Respondents were asked if each child in the household spoke a language other than English at home. If they answered "yes," they were asked how well each child could speak English. Categories used for reporting were "very well," "well," "not well," and "not at all." All those who reported speaking English less than "very well" were considered to have difficulty speaking English.
2 Includes other racial/ethnic groups not separately shown.
NOTE: Race/ethnicity categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin unless otherwise specified.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 2004, previously unpublished data.