Pender 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 26,139 97.15% 36,616 94.55%
Spanish 442 1.64% 1,459 3.77%
Other Indo-European* 247 0.92% 506 1.31%
Asian Language** 32 0.12% 95 0.25%
Other 46 0.17% 50 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 26,906 100.00% 38,726 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 869 59.56%
Other Indo-European* 105 20.75%
Asian Language** 45 47.37%
Other Language 23 46.00%
Total 1,042 2.69%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 212 47.96%
Other Indo-European* 102 41.30%
Asian Language** 24 75.00%
Other Language 7 15.22%
Total 345 1.28%

* "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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