Cimarron 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 2,629 85.05% 2,467 84.03%
Spanish 358 11.58% 437 14.88%
Other Indo-European* 76 2.46% 32 1.09%
Asian Language** 28 0.91% 0 0.00%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 3,091 100.00% 2,936 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 213 48.74%
Other Indo-European* 13 40.63%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 226 7.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 142 39.66%
Other Indo-European* 4 5.26%
Asian Language** 2 7.14%
Other Language 0 -
Total 148 4.79%

* "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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