Yalobusha 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 10,985 98.12% 11,998 98.32%
Spanish 120 1.07% 94 0.77%
Other Indo-European* 85 0.76% 86 0.70%
Asian Language** 5 0.04% 11 0.09%
Other 0 0.00% 14 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,195 100.00% 12,203 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 35 37.23%
Other Indo-European* 16 18.60%
Asian Language** 6 54.55%
Other Language 10 71.43%
Total 67 0.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 32 26.67%
Other Indo-European* 24 28.24%
Asian Language** 5 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 61 0.54%

* "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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