Cabarrus 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 89,862 97.44% 112,950 92.78%
Spanish 1,014 1.10% 6,776 5.57%
Other Indo-European* 1,062 1.15% 1,236 1.02%
Asian Language** 264 0.29% 688 0.57%
Other 25 0.03% 93 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 92,227 100.00% 121,743 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,367 64.45%
Other Indo-European* 363 29.37%
Asian Language** 383 55.67%
Other Language 21 22.58%
Total 5,134 4.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 406 40.04%
Other Indo-European* 271 25.52%
Asian Language** 144 54.55%
Other Language 10 40.00%
Total 831 0.90%

* "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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