Warren 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 78,951 93.20% 87,348 91.57%
Spanish 1,358 1.60% 3,087 3.24%
Other Indo-European* 3,448 4.07% 4,013 4.21%
Asian Language** 433 0.51% 514 0.54%
Other 523 0.62% 426 0.45%
Total Population Age 5+ 84,713 100.00% 95,388 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,252 40.56%
Other Indo-European* 1,303 32.47%
Asian Language** 236 45.91%
Other Language 99 23.24%
Total 2,890 3.03%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 471 34.68%
Other Indo-European* 898 26.04%
Asian Language** 201 46.42%
Other Language 121 23.14%
Total 1,691 2.00%

* "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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