Camden 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 25,660 94.67% 37,405 93.79%
Spanish 714 2.63% 1,444 3.62%
Other Indo-European* 484 1.79% 542 1.36%
Asian Language** 227 0.84% 425 1.07%
Other 20 0.07% 66 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,105 100.00% 39,882 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 408 28.25%
Other Indo-European* 157 28.97%
Asian Language** 91 21.41%
Other Language 50 75.76%
Total 706 1.77%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 217 30.39%
Other Indo-European* 121 25.00%
Asian Language** 62 27.31%
Other Language 7 35.00%
Total 407 1.50%

* "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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