Cerro Gordo 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 41,995 96.44% 42,116 96.56%
Spanish 759 1.74% 820 1.88%
Other Indo-European* 653 1.50% 412 0.94%
Asian Language** 95 0.22% 212 0.49%
Other 45 0.10% 58 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 43,547 100.00% 43,618 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 307 37.44%
Other Indo-European* 171 41.50%
Asian Language** 106 50.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 584 1.34%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 213 28.06%
Other Indo-European* 170 26.03%
Asian Language** 65 68.42%
Other Language 22 48.89%
Total 470 1.08%

* "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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