Yuba 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 44,094 84.28% 43,268 78.11%
Spanish 4,015 7.67% 7,258 13.10%
Other Indo-European* 930 1.78% 1,111 2.01%
Asian Language** 3,123 5.97% 3,709 6.70%
Other 157 0.30% 48 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 52,319 100.00% 55,394 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,934 54.20%
Other Indo-European* 314 28.26%
Asian Language** 2,101 56.65%
Other Language 8 16.67%
Total 6,357 11.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,783 44.41%
Other Indo-European* 234 25.16%
Asian Language** 2,038 65.26%
Other Language 61 38.85%
Total 4,116 7.87%

* "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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