Decatur 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 7,578 96.77% 7,751 94.43%
Spanish 43 0.55% 205 2.50%
Other Indo-European* 184 2.35% 202 2.46%
Asian Language** 18 0.23% 50 0.61%
Other 8 0.10% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 7,831 100.00% 8,208 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 73 35.61%
Other Indo-European* 69 34.16%
Asian Language** 16 32.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 158 1.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15 34.88%
Other Indo-European* 18 9.78%
Asian Language** 10 55.56%
Other Language 0 -
Total 43 0.55%

* "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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