Census Trend Charts Demographic Maps Rankings & Comparisons Segregation Data  

Zoom in and out of geography at levels: US, States or Metro Areas, and Counties within States.

You can zoom out to Iowa

Visit the SSDAN Web Site
CensusScope is a product of the Social Science Data Analysis Network.

Clay County

Print-Friendly Version


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 16,020 98.04% 15,717 96.49%
Spanish 113 0.69% 315 1.93%
Other Indo-European* 207 1.27% 154 0.95%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 102 0.63%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,340 100.00% 16,288 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 169 53.65%
Other Indo-European* 27 17.53%
Asian Language** 44 43.14%
Other Language 0 -
Total 240 1.47%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 58 51.33%
Other Indo-European* 73 35.27%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 131 0.80%

* "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).

Home | About | Help | Contact | Use Policy