Idaho - Languages

In the general word stock, only a few place-names, such as Nampa, Pocatello, and Benewah, reflect the presence of Idaho Indians. In Idaho, English reflects a merger of Northern and North Midland features, with certain Northern pronunciations marking the panhandle. In 2000, 90.7% of the people five years old or older spoke only English in the home, down from 93% in 1990. The number of persons speaking other languages at home included the following:

The following table gives selected statistics from the 2000 census for language spoken at home by persons five years old and over. The category "Other Native North American languages" includes Apache, Cherokee, Choctaw, Dakota, Keres, Pima, and Yupik.


Population 5 years and over 1,196,793 100.0
Speak only English 1,084,914 90.7
Speak a language other than English 111,879 9.3
Speak a language other than English 111,879 9.3
Spanish or Spanish Creole 80,241 6.7
German 5,666 0.5
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 3,345 0.3
Other Native North American languages 2,020 0.2
Serbo-Croatian 1,694 0.1
Japanese 1,651 0.1
Chinese 1,456 0.1
Portuguese or Portuguese Creole 1,374 0.1
Vietnamese 1,213 0.1
Tagalog 1,119 0.1
Russian 1,113 0.1
Italian 1,106 0.1

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