Doniphan 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 7,438 97.89% 7,548 97.70%
Spanish 59 0.78% 76 0.98%
Other Indo-European* 81 1.07% 83 1.07%
Asian Language** 2 0.03% 15 0.19%
Other 18 0.24% 4 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 7,598 100.00% 7,726 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26 34.21%
Other Indo-European* 26 31.33%
Asian Language** 9 60.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 61 0.79%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17 28.81%
Other Indo-European* 17 20.99%
Asian Language** 2 100.00%
Other Language 2 11.11%
Total 38 0.50%

* "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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