Lebanon 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 98,993 93.27% 103,954 92.00%
Spanish 1,834 1.73% 4,698 4.16%
Other Indo-European* 4,621 4.35% 3,472 3.07%
Asian Language** 584 0.55% 733 0.65%
Other 102 0.10% 136 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 106,134 100.00% 112,993 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,928 41.04%
Other Indo-European* 989 28.49%
Asian Language** 313 42.70%
Other Language 48 35.29%
Total 3,278 2.90%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 824 44.93%
Other Indo-European* 1,682 36.40%
Asian Language** 396 67.81%
Other Language 67 65.69%
Total 2,969 2.80%

* "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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