Census Trend Charts Demographic Maps Rankings & Comparisons Segregation Data  

Zoom in and out of geography at levels: US, States or Metro Areas, and Counties within States.

You can zoom out to United States

Visit the SSDAN Web Site
CensusScope is a product of the Social Science Data Analysis Network.

Corpus Christi, TX

Print-Friendly Version


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 178,550 55.56% 202,943 57.74%
Spanish 137,805 42.88% 142,063 40.42%
Other Indo-European* 3,483 1.08% 3,449 0.98%
Asian Language** 1,249 0.39% 2,651 0.75%
Other 253 0.08% 389 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 321,340 100.00% 351,495 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 45,577 32.08%
Other Indo-European* 726 21.05%
Asian Language** 931 35.12%
Other Language 55 14.14%
Total 47,289 13.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 54,118 39.27%
Other Indo-European* 815 23.40%
Asian Language** 486 38.91%
Other Language 60 23.72%
Total 55,479 17.26%

* "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).

Home | About | Help | Contact | Use Policy