Waynesboro city

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 16,684 96.49% 17,373 94.99%
Spanish 236 1.36% 671 3.67%
Other Indo-European* 310 1.79% 198 1.08%
Asian Language** 55 0.32% 0 0.00%
Other 6 0.03% 47 0.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,291 100.00% 18,289 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 421 62.74%
Other Indo-European* 42 21.21%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 10 21.28%
Total 473 2.59%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 78 33.05%
Other Indo-European* 74 23.87%
Asian Language** 20 36.36%
Other Language 0 -
Total 172 0.99%

* "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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