German Still Spoken in
Rathke, Dr. Richard. "German Still Spoken in McIntosh County." Ashley Tribune, 20 April 2005, 3.
In 1980, 11.3 percent of North Dakotans spoke a language
other than English in
Twenty years later, 2000 census data show that the proportion of
residents speaking a language other than English in their home dropped
This months Population Bulletin, a monthly publication from the
State Data Center at North Dakota State University, presents a summary
non-English speaking population in North Dakota. While the percentage
Dakota residents speaking a language other than English in their
declined, just the opposite is happening at the national level.
Nationally, the percentage increased from 11 percent in 1980 to
17.9 percent in
At the same time the non-English speaking population in North Dakota
it also changed in composition. In 1980, the majority of non-English
(54.9 percent) spoke German in their homes and 20.4 percent Scandinavian.
2000, these percentages declined to 39.3 percent speaking German
percent speaking Scandinavian.
We still have two counties in the state where more than one in
speak something other than English at home, McIntosh (35.9 percent)
(25.5 percent), says Richard Rathge, North Dakota State Data Center
In both counties, German is the dominant language.
While the number of North Dakota residents speaking German or Scandinavian
languages in their homes has declined since 1980, people speaking
Asian languages have increased.
North Dakotans speaking Spanish in their homes more than doubled
past 20 years, from 3,325 in 1980 to 8,263 in 2000, capturing nearly
percent of all non-English speakers in 2000, second only to German.
Reprinted with permission of the Ashely Tribune.