Bryan 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 13,806 97.69% 20,716 95.77%
Spanish 142 1.00% 409 1.89%
Other Indo-European* 145 1.03% 238 1.10%
Asian Language** 35 0.25% 234 1.08%
Other 4 0.03% 34 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,132 100.00% 21,631 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 130 31.78%
Other Indo-European* 44 18.49%
Asian Language** 119 50.85%
Other Language 11 32.35%
Total 304 1.41%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 77 54.23%
Other Indo-European* 51 35.17%
Asian Language** 21 60.00%
Other Language 2 50.00%
Total 151 1.07%

* "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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