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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 34,303 95.61% 52,357 94.90%
Spanish 484 1.35% 834 1.51%
Other Indo-European* 645 1.80% 1,276 2.31%
Asian Language** 98 0.27% 281 0.51%
Other 348 0.97% 422 0.76%
Total Population Age 5+ 35,878 100.00% 55,170 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 192 23.02%
Other Indo-European* 402 31.50%
Asian Language** 90 32.03%
Other Language 139 32.94%
Total 823 1.49%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 171 35.33%
Other Indo-European* 139 21.55%
Asian Language** 24 24.49%
Other Language 95 27.30%
Total 429 1.20%

* "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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