Chippewa 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 31,058 95.46% 34,579 94.76%
Spanish 334 1.03% 603 1.65%
Other Indo-European* 716 2.20% 650 1.78%
Asian Language** 27 0.08% 135 0.37%
Other 401 1.23% 526 1.44%
Total Population Age 5+ 32,536 100.00% 36,493 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 141 23.38%
Other Indo-European* 105 16.15%
Asian Language** 75 55.56%
Other Language 145 27.57%
Total 466 1.28%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 109 32.63%
Other Indo-European* 179 25.00%
Asian Language** 15 55.56%
Other Language 106 26.43%
Total 409 1.26%

* "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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