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 Tennessee

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

Grainger County

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 15,859 98.71% 18,923 97.50%
Spanish 139 0.87% 321 1.65%
Other Indo-European* 33 0.21% 153 0.79%
Asian Language** 13 0.08% 11 0.06%
Other 23 0.14% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,067 100.00% 19,408 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 174 54.21%
Other Indo-European* 56 36.60%
Asian Language** 3 27.27%
Other Language 0 -
Total 233 1.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 30 21.58%
Other Indo-European* 15 45.45%
Asian Language** 2 15.38%
Other Language 8 34.78%
Total 55 0.34%

* "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