Gregg 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 92,320 95.24% 93,984 90.66%
Spanish 3,461 3.57% 8,398 8.10%
Other Indo-European* 879 0.91% 770 0.74%
Asian Language** 219 0.23% 391 0.38%
Other 55 0.06% 124 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 96,934 100.00% 103,667 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,612 54.92%
Other Indo-European* 149 19.35%
Asian Language** 137 35.04%
Other Language 13 10.48%
Total 4,911 4.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,508 43.57%
Other Indo-European* 198 22.53%
Asian Language** 131 59.82%
Other Language 5 9.09%
Total 1,842 1.90%

* "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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