Jackson 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 53,534 92.97% 51,896 91.64%
Spanish 983 1.71% 1,513 2.67%
Other Indo-European* 1,227 2.13% 1,346 2.38%
Asian Language** 1,399 2.43% 1,376 2.43%
Other 442 0.77% 501 0.88%
Total Population Age 5+ 57,585 100.00% 56,632 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 650 42.96%
Other Indo-European* 400 29.72%
Asian Language** 759 55.16%
Other Language 154 30.74%
Total 1,963 3.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 421 42.83%
Other Indo-European* 356 29.01%
Asian Language** 876 62.62%
Other Language 146 33.03%
Total 1,799 3.12%

* "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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