Salt Lake 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 597,894 91.12% 685,701 83.80%
Spanish 23,207 3.54% 75,173 9.19%
Other Indo-European* 19,202 2.93% 28,178 3.44%
Asian Language** 13,015 1.98% 24,009 2.93%
Other 2,812 0.43% 5,152 0.63%
Total Population Age 5+ 656,130 100.00% 818,213 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 38,687 51.46%
Other Indo-European* 8,832 31.34%
Asian Language** 11,099 46.23%
Other Language 1,572 30.51%
Total 60,190 7.36%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7,960 34.30%
Other Indo-European* 5,375 27.99%
Asian Language** 6,409 49.24%
Other Language 846 30.09%
Total 20,590 3.14%

* "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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