In 2014 about half of Travis County’s population was White, according to the American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates, with Hispanic, Black, Asian and other races and ethnicities making up the rest of the population.
Since 2005, the White population has increased by about 10%, the Hispanic population has increased by 13%. The Asian population, although a small percentage of the overall population, grew at the fastest rate, with a 19% increase in population. The Black population grew by 15%, a faster rate of growth than both the White and Hispanic populations. Those who identified as “Other” or “Two or More Races” grew by about 11%.
The number of Travis County residents who speak a language other than English has grown by 48% from 2000 to 2014, and the number of residents who speak English less than “very well” has grown by 41%. This exceeds the growth of the total population 5 and older, which grew by 35% over the same period. Spanish was the most commonly-spoken non-English language in Travis County, with just over a quarter million speakers. Korean and the “Other Asian Languages” grew by the largest percentage over the last twelve years, highlighting the growing linguistic diversity. About a third of Travis County residents (31%) speak a language other than English at home, and over 1 in 10 (13%) speak English less than “very well.” In one-fourth of Spanish speaking households and one-fifth of Asian speaking households, no one over the age of 14 speaks English very well.
Most Commonly Spoken Languages, 2010-2014
Click on graph to download an excel document with expanded information and data.
Largest Growth in Language Spoken at Home*
2000 to 2010-2014
*Among languages with at least 1,000 speakers in 2008-2014