Appanoose 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 12,527 97.33% 12,621 97.46%
Spanish 91 0.71% 147 1.14%
Other Indo-European* 196 1.52% 159 1.23%
Asian Language** 57 0.44% 21 0.16%
Other 0 0.00% 2 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,871 100.00% 12,950 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 65 44.22%
Other Indo-European* 8 5.03%
Asian Language** 11 52.38%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 84 0.65%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6 6.59%
Other Indo-European* 37 18.88%
Asian Language** 33 57.89%
Other Language 0 -
Total 76 0.59%

* "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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