Aiken 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 108,978 97.33% 127,376 95.67%
Spanish 1,288 1.15% 3,438 2.58%
Other Indo-European* 1,527 1.36% 1,496 1.12%
Asian Language** 120 0.11% 686 0.52%
Other 60 0.05% 143 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 111,973 100.00% 133,139 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,538 44.74%
Other Indo-European* 315 21.06%
Asian Language** 254 37.03%
Other Language 29 20.28%
Total 2,136 1.60%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 465 36.10%
Other Indo-European* 507 33.20%
Asian Language** 48 40.00%
Other Language 19 31.67%
Total 1,039 0.93%

* "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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