Catoosa 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 38,912 98.19% 47,926 96.52%
Spanish 427 1.08% 807 1.63%
Other Indo-European* 236 0.60% 616 1.24%
Asian Language** 48 0.12% 273 0.55%
Other 8 0.02% 32 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 39,631 100.00% 49,654 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 262 32.47%
Other Indo-European* 259 42.05%
Asian Language** 130 47.62%
Other Language 25 78.13%
Total 676 1.36%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 102 23.89%
Other Indo-European* 135 57.20%
Asian Language** 38 79.17%
Other Language 0 -
Total 275 0.69%

* "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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