Ellis 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 68,023 87.25% 85,647 83.23%
Spanish 8,465 10.86% 15,714 15.27%
Other Indo-European* 1,341 1.72% 1,158 1.13%
Asian Language** 130 0.17% 232 0.23%
Other 4 0.01% 150 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 77,963 100.00% 102,901 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,998 44.53%
Other Indo-European* 265 22.88%
Asian Language** 83 35.78%
Other Language 21 14.00%
Total 7,367 7.16%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,465 40.93%
Other Indo-European* 284 21.18%
Asian Language** 61 46.92%
Other Language 0 -
Total 3,810 4.89%

* "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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