Tishomingo 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 16,306 98.42% 17,598 97.46%
Spanish 114 0.69% 324 1.79%
Other Indo-European* 124 0.75% 73 0.40%
Asian Language** 8 0.05% 44 0.24%
Other 15 0.09% 18 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,567 100.00% 18,057 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 143 44.14%
Other Indo-European* 13 17.81%
Asian Language** 28 63.64%
Other Language 7 38.89%
Total 191 1.06%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 29 25.44%
Other Indo-European* 92 74.19%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 121 0.73%

* "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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