Llano 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 10,279 92.60% 15,320 93.27%
Spanish 460 4.14% 922 5.61%
Other Indo-European* 322 2.90% 161 0.98%
Asian Language** 40 0.36% 16 0.10%
Other 0 0.00% 6 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,101 100.00% 16,425 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 391 42.41%
Other Indo-European* 30 18.63%
Asian Language** 7 43.75%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 428 2.61%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 206 44.78%
Other Indo-European* 81 25.16%
Asian Language** 26 65.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 313 2.82%

* "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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