Sampson 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 42,669 96.51% 49,455 88.78%
Spanish 1,045 2.36% 5,604 10.06%
Other Indo-European* 410 0.93% 375 0.67%
Asian Language** 63 0.14% 198 0.36%
Other 27 0.06% 76 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 44,214 100.00% 55,708 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,282 58.57%
Other Indo-European* 106 28.27%
Asian Language** 113 57.07%
Other Language 50 65.79%
Total 3,551 6.37%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 494 47.27%
Other Indo-European* 185 45.12%
Asian Language** 25 39.68%
Other Language 9 33.33%
Total 713 1.61%

* "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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