Monroe 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 61,595 83.60% 59,964 78.59%
Spanish 9,161 12.43% 12,173 15.95%
Other Indo-European* 2,297 3.12% 3,529 4.63%
Asian Language** 492 0.67% 490 0.64%
Other 131 0.18% 145 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 73,676 100.00% 76,301 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5,189 42.63%
Other Indo-European* 974 27.60%
Asian Language** 174 35.51%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 6,337 8.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,658 39.93%
Other Indo-European* 642 27.95%
Asian Language** 203 41.26%
Other Language 71 54.20%
Total 4,574 6.21%

* "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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