Mariposa 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 12,514 93.37% 15,455 94.75%
Spanish 431 3.22% 559 3.43%
Other Indo-European* 358 2.67% 189 1.16%
Asian Language** 14 0.10% 71 0.44%
Other 85 0.63% 37 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,402 100.00% 16,311 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 81 14.49%
Other Indo-European* 31 16.40%
Asian Language** 40 56.34%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 152 0.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 203 47.10%
Other Indo-European* 75 20.95%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 15 17.65%
Total 293 2.19%

* "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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