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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 41,327 97.16% 50,099 96.97%
Spanish 394 0.93% 793 1.53%
Other Indo-European* 581 1.37% 694 1.34%
Asian Language** 226 0.53% 62 0.12%
Other 7 0.02% 16 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 42,535 100.00% 51,664 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 207 26.10%
Other Indo-European* 133 19.16%
Asian Language** 53 85.48%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 393 0.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 132 33.50%
Other Indo-European* 152 26.16%
Asian Language** 100 44.25%
Other Language 0 -
Total 384 0.90%

* "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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