Jefferson 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 14,493 97.79% 16,832 97.61%
Spanish 190 1.28% 275 1.59%
Other Indo-European* 118 0.80% 105 0.61%
Asian Language** 11 0.07% 18 0.10%
Other 8 0.05% 15 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,820 100.00% 17,245 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 68 24.73%
Other Indo-European* 26 24.76%
Asian Language** 15 83.33%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 109 0.63%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 61 32.11%
Other Indo-European* 9 7.63%
Asian Language** 5 45.45%
Other Language 8 100.00%
Total 83 0.56%

* "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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