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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 43,578 95.13% 48,188 90.57%
Spanish 374 0.82% 2,706 5.09%
Other Indo-European* 1,615 3.53% 1,315 2.47%
Asian Language** 225 0.49% 705 1.32%
Other 15 0.03% 294 0.55%
Total Population Age 5+ 45,807 100.00% 53,208 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,613 59.61%
Other Indo-European* 223 16.96%
Asian Language** 341 48.37%
Other Language 191 64.97%
Total 2,368 4.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 116 31.02%
Other Indo-European* 387 23.96%
Asian Language** 92 40.89%
Other Language 0 -
Total 595 1.30%

* "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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