Payette 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 14,216 93.77% 17,105 89.80%
Spanish 767 5.06% 1,704 8.95%
Other Indo-European* 90 0.59% 189 0.99%
Asian Language** 59 0.39% 37 0.19%
Other 28 0.18% 12 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,160 100.00% 19,047 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 951 55.81%
Other Indo-European* 48 25.40%
Asian Language** 4 10.81%
Other Language 5 41.67%
Total 1,008 5.29%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 352 45.89%
Other Indo-European* 48 53.33%
Asian Language** 26 44.07%
Other Language 8 28.57%
Total 434 2.86%

* "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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