Hall 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 82,452 93.51% 101,506 79.28%
Spanish 4,160 4.72% 23,489 18.35%
Other Indo-European* 986 1.12% 1,334 1.04%
Asian Language** 509 0.58% 1,589 1.24%
Other 68 0.08% 122 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 88,175 100.00% 128,040 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16,209 69.01%
Other Indo-European* 302 22.64%
Asian Language** 1,061 66.77%
Other Language 26 21.31%
Total 17,598 13.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,895 69.59%
Other Indo-European* 292 29.61%
Asian Language** 230 45.19%
Other Language 40 58.82%
Total 3,457 3.92%

* "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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