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.

Orlando, FL

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 1,002,656 88.00% 1,201,764 78.15%
Spanish 88,373 7.76% 235,140 15.29%
Other Indo-European* 33,069 2.90% 67,369 4.38%
Asian Language** 11,227 0.99% 25,067 1.63%
Other 4,026 0.35% 8,481 0.55%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,139,351 100.00% 1,537,821 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 95,714 40.71%
Other Indo-European* 23,454 34.81%
Asian Language** 11,954 47.69%
Other Language 2,578 30.40%
Total 133,700 8.69%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 37,148 42.04%
Other Indo-European* 9,644 29.16%
Asian Language** 5,209 46.40%
Other Language 1,100 27.32%
Total 53,101 4.66%

* "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