Adams 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 213,716 88.17% 261,523 78.36%
Spanish 19,498 8.04% 55,788 16.72%
Other Indo-European* 4,718 1.95% 6,598 1.98%
Asian Language** 4,057 1.67% 8,957 2.68%
Other 390 0.16% 868 0.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 242,379 100.00% 333,734 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 29,221 52.38%
Other Indo-European* 2,009 30.45%
Asian Language** 5,113 57.08%
Other Language 228 26.27%
Total 36,571 10.96%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6,090 31.23%
Other Indo-European* 1,335 28.30%
Asian Language** 2,621 64.60%
Other Language 87 22.31%
Total 10,133 4.18%

* "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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