Lauderdale County

LANGUAGE

The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 73,309 98.37% 80,746 97.51%
Spanish 712 0.96% 1,113 1.34%
Other Indo-European* 339 0.45% 721 0.87%
Asian Language** 131 0.18% 214 0.26%
Other 34 0.05% 11 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 74,525 100.00% 82,805 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 525 47.17%
Other Indo-European* 286 39.67%
Asian Language** 75 35.05%
Other Language 3 27.27%
Total 889 1.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 206 28.93%
Other Indo-European* 75 22.12%
Asian Language** 45 34.35%
Other Language 22 64.71%
Total 348 0.47%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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