Nelson 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 11,544 96.41% 13,194 96.43%
Spanish 241 2.01% 300 2.19%
Other Indo-European* 173 1.44% 169 1.24%
Asian Language** 16 0.13% 11 0.08%
Other 0 0.00% 9 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,974 100.00% 13,683 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 80 26.67%
Other Indo-European* 63 37.28%
Asian Language** 5 45.45%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 148 1.08%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 85 35.27%
Other Indo-European* 48 27.75%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 133 1.11%

* "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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