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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 67,163 96.66% 66,272 96.10%
Spanish 1,467 2.11% 1,534 2.22%
Other Indo-European* 628 0.90% 750 1.09%
Asian Language** 156 0.22% 361 0.52%
Other 73 0.11% 46 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 69,487 100.00% 68,963 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 481 31.36%
Other Indo-European* 212 28.27%
Asian Language** 122 33.80%
Other Language 11 23.91%
Total 826 1.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 472 32.17%
Other Indo-European* 169 26.91%
Asian Language** 47 30.13%
Other Language 2 2.74%
Total 690 0.99%

* "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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