Legal Status of official English in South Carolina
South Carolina adopted English as its official language in 1987.
Official English Law in South Carolina
§1-1-696. Official State Language.
The English language is the official language of the State of South Carolina.
§1-1-697. Use of Language Other Than English Prohibited.
Neither this State nor any political subdivision thereof shall require, by law, ordinance, regulation, order, decree, program, or policy, the use of any language other than English; provided, however, that nothing in §§1-1-696 through 1-1-698 shall prohibit a state agency or a political subdivision of the State from requiring an applicant to have certain degrees of knowledge in a foreign language as a condition of employment where appropriate.
§1-1-698. Exceptions to Prohibitions Against Use of Language Other Than English.
Sections 1-1-696 through 1-1-698 do not prohibit any law, ordinance, regulation, order, decree, program, or policy requiring educational instruction in a language other than English for the purpose of making students who use a language other than English proficient in English or making students proficient in a language in addition to English.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA
|196,429||All languages other than English combined|
|110,030||Spanish or Spanish Creole|
|19,110||French (incl. Patois, Cajun)|
|1,214||Portuguese or Portuguese Creole|
|278||Other Native North American languages|