Union 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 8,900 93.17% 11,830 93.10%
Spanish 423 4.43% 629 4.95%
Other Indo-European* 118 1.24% 204 1.61%
Asian Language** 49 0.51% 20 0.16%
Other 62 0.65% 24 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,552 100.00% 12,707 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 207 32.91%
Other Indo-European* 48 23.53%
Asian Language** 6 30.00%
Other Language 9 37.50%
Total 270 2.12%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 187 44.21%
Other Indo-European* 10 8.47%
Asian Language** 42 85.71%
Other Language 30 48.39%
Total 269 2.82%

* "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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