Sullivan 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 55,933 87.07% 59,786 85.77%
Spanish 3,497 5.44% 5,133 7.36%
Other Indo-European* 3,993 6.22% 3,990 5.72%
Asian Language** 424 0.66% 510 0.73%
Other 391 0.61% 288 0.41%
Total Population Age 5+ 64,238 100.00% 69,707 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,208 43.02%
Other Indo-European* 1,353 33.91%
Asian Language** 328 64.31%
Other Language 67 23.26%
Total 3,956 5.68%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,394 39.86%
Other Indo-European* 1,325 33.18%
Asian Language** 264 62.26%
Other Language 118 30.18%
Total 3,101 4.83%

* "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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