Henderson 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 52,639 95.85% 63,494 92.45%
Spanish 1,869 3.40% 4,599 6.70%
Other Indo-European* 294 0.54% 389 0.57%
Asian Language** 110 0.20% 144 0.21%
Other 4 0.01% 53 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 54,916 100.00% 68,679 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,081 45.25%
Other Indo-European* 70 17.99%
Asian Language** 59 40.97%
Other Language 23 43.40%
Total 2,233 3.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 816 43.66%
Other Indo-European* 123 41.84%
Asian Language** 63 57.27%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,002 1.82%

* "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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