Green 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 16,710 95.70% 16,914 93.89%
Spanish 223 1.28% 541 3.00%
Other Indo-European* 474 2.71% 550 3.05%
Asian Language** 43 0.25% 10 0.06%
Other 10 0.06% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,460 100.00% 18,015 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 329 60.81%
Other Indo-European* 284 51.64%
Asian Language** 4 40.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 617 3.42%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 86 38.57%
Other Indo-European* 157 33.12%
Asian Language** 18 41.86%
Other Language 8 80.00%
Total 269 1.54%

* "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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