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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 50,959 98.05% 60,458 97.73%
Spanish 446 0.86% 673 1.09%
Other Indo-European* 465 0.89% 626 1.01%
Asian Language** 89 0.17% 98 0.16%
Other 12 0.02% 5 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 51,971 100.00% 61,860 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 228 33.88%
Other Indo-European* 123 19.65%
Asian Language** 12 12.24%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 363 0.59%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 151 33.86%
Other Indo-European* 159 34.19%
Asian Language** 37 41.57%
Other Language 0 -
Total 347 0.67%

* "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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