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Dillingham Census Area

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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 1,942 56.26% 2,824 63.68%
Spanish 30 0.87% 31 0.70%
Other Indo-European* 12 0.35% 28 0.63%
Asian Language** 20 0.58% 22 0.50%
Other 1,448 41.95% 1,530 34.50%
Total Population Age 5+ 3,452 100.00% 4,435 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 6 19.35%
Other Indo-European* 3 10.71%
Asian Language** 4 18.18%
Other Language 519 33.92%
Total 532 12.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2 6.67%
Other Indo-European* 1 8.33%
Asian Language** 4 20.00%
Other Language 635 43.85%
Total 642 18.60%

* "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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