Montcalm 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 47,535 97.11% 54,958 96.04%
Spanish 683 1.40% 1,176 2.06%
Other Indo-European* 628 1.28% 908 1.59%
Asian Language** 77 0.16% 70 0.12%
Other 26 0.05% 113 0.20%
Total Population Age 5+ 48,949 100.00% 57,225 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 405 34.44%
Other Indo-European* 340 37.44%
Asian Language** 26 37.14%
Other Language 33 29.20%
Total 804 1.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 278 40.70%
Other Indo-European* 213 33.92%
Asian Language** 40 51.95%
Other Language 16 61.54%
Total 547 1.12%

* "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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