Oconee 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 52,474 97.32% 59,796 96.17%
Spanish 695 1.29% 1,552 2.50%
Other Indo-European* 613 1.14% 598 0.96%
Asian Language** 96 0.18% 196 0.32%
Other 43 0.08% 33 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 53,921 100.00% 62,175 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 778 50.13%
Other Indo-European* 149 24.92%
Asian Language** 61 31.12%
Other Language 12 36.36%
Total 1,000 1.61%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 339 48.78%
Other Indo-European* 103 16.80%
Asian Language** 26 27.08%
Other Language 11 25.58%
Total 479 0.89%

* "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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