Alachua 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 155,083 91.26% 183,049 88.49%
Spanish 6,608 3.89% 11,438 5.53%
Other Indo-European* 4,845 2.85% 6,278 3.03%
Asian Language** 2,565 1.51% 5,159 2.49%
Other 827 0.49% 936 0.45%
Total Population Age 5+ 169,928 100.00% 206,860 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,705 23.65%
Other Indo-European* 1,328 21.15%
Asian Language** 2,113 40.96%
Other Language 215 22.97%
Total 6,361 3.08%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,837 27.80%
Other Indo-European* 992 20.47%
Asian Language** 1,284 50.06%
Other Language 207 25.03%
Total 4,320 2.54%

* "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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