Pocahontas 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 8,633 97.27% 8,010 97.26%
Spanish 51 0.57% 136 1.65%
Other Indo-European* 172 1.94% 78 0.95%
Asian Language** 17 0.19% 12 0.15%
Other 2 0.02% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,875 100.00% 8,236 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 54 39.71%
Other Indo-European* 18 23.08%
Asian Language** 6 50.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 78 0.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11 21.57%
Other Indo-European* 53 30.81%
Asian Language** 8 47.06%
Other Language 2 100.00%
Total 74 0.83%

* "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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