Klickitat 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 14,267 92.92% 16,070 89.39%
Spanish 816 5.31% 1,383 7.69%
Other Indo-European* 202 1.32% 218 1.21%
Asian Language** 32 0.21% 31 0.17%
Other 37 0.24% 275 1.53%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,354 100.00% 17,977 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 774 55.97%
Other Indo-European* 73 33.49%
Asian Language** 11 35.48%
Other Language 34 12.36%
Total 892 4.96%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 464 56.86%
Other Indo-European* 77 38.12%
Asian Language** 18 56.25%
Other Language 11 29.73%
Total 570 3.71%

* "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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