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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 37,547 97.69% 54,981 96.10%
Spanish 442 1.15% 1,096 1.92%
Other Indo-European* 310 0.81% 818 1.43%
Asian Language** 120 0.31% 309 0.54%
Other 17 0.04% 7 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 38,436 100.00% 57,211 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 440 40.15%
Other Indo-European* 259 31.66%
Asian Language** 185 59.87%
Other Language 7 100.00%
Total 891 1.56%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 102 23.08%
Other Indo-European* 62 20.00%
Asian Language** 52 43.33%
Other Language 17 100.00%
Total 233 0.61%

* "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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