Census Trend Charts Demographic Maps Rankings & Comparisons Segregation Data  

Zoom in and out of geography at levels: US, States or Metro Areas, and Counties within States.

You can zoom out to Texas

Visit the SSDAN Web Site
CensusScope is a product of the Social Science Data Analysis Network.

Deaf Smith County

Print-Friendly Version


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 9,604 55.42% 8,665 51.11%
Spanish 7,604 43.88% 8,198 48.36%
Other Indo-European* 44 0.25% 55 0.32%
Asian Language** 50 0.29% 25 0.15%
Other 27 0.16% 10 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,329 100.00% 16,953 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,422 41.74%
Other Indo-European* 6 10.91%
Asian Language** 5 20.00%
Other Language 10 100.00%
Total 3,443 20.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,930 51.68%
Other Indo-European* 6 13.64%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 4 14.81%
Total 3,940 22.74%

* "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).

Home | About | Help | Contact | Use Policy