Census Trend Charts Demographic Maps Rankings & Comparisons Segregation Data  

Zoom in and out of geography at levels: US, States or Metro Areas, and Counties within States.

You can zoom out to Virginia

Visit the SSDAN Web Site
CensusScope is a product of the Social Science Data Analysis Network.

Norfolk city

Print-Friendly Version


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 222,430 92.82% 198,440 91.10%
Spanish 6,689 2.79% 8,482 3.89%
Other Indo-European* 5,171 2.16% 4,930 2.26%
Asian Language** 4,689 1.96% 5,063 2.32%
Other 650 0.27% 903 0.41%
Total Population Age 5+ 239,629 100.00% 217,818 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,769 32.65%
Other Indo-European* 1,262 25.60%
Asian Language** 2,185 43.16%
Other Language 263 29.13%
Total 6,479 2.97%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,011 30.06%
Other Indo-European* 1,542 29.82%
Asian Language** 2,131 45.45%
Other Language 204 31.38%
Total 5,888 2.46%

* "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).

Home | About | Help | Contact | Use Policy