Mille Lacs 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 16,417 95.20% 19,909 94.90%
Spanish 145 0.84% 389 1.85%
Other Indo-European* 484 2.81% 384 1.83%
Asian Language** 24 0.14% 29 0.14%
Other 175 1.01% 268 1.28%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,245 100.00% 20,979 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 196 50.39%
Other Indo-European* 71 18.49%
Asian Language** 6 20.69%
Other Language 30 11.19%
Total 303 1.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 75 51.72%
Other Indo-European* 184 38.02%
Asian Language** 21 87.50%
Other Language 13 7.43%
Total 293 1.70%

* "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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