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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 77,103 97.24% 75,800 96.60%
Spanish 1,041 1.31% 1,451 1.85%
Other Indo-European* 848 1.07% 847 1.08%
Asian Language** 232 0.29% 244 0.31%
Other 68 0.09% 128 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 79,292 100.00% 78,470 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 638 43.97%
Other Indo-European* 269 31.76%
Asian Language** 111 45.49%
Other Language 7 5.47%
Total 1,025 1.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 307 29.49%
Other Indo-European* 211 24.88%
Asian Language** 54 23.28%
Other Language 36 52.94%
Total 608 0.77%

* "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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