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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 45,638 96.47% 66,690 95.84%
Spanish 542 1.15% 1,450 2.08%
Other Indo-European* 932 1.97% 946 1.36%
Asian Language** 116 0.25% 398 0.57%
Other 82 0.17% 100 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 47,310 100.00% 69,584 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 469 32.34%
Other Indo-European* 211 22.30%
Asian Language** 92 23.12%
Other Language 2 2.00%
Total 774 1.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 115 21.22%
Other Indo-European* 216 23.18%
Asian Language** 33 28.45%
Other Language 7 8.54%
Total 371 0.78%

* "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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