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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 57,097 97.37% 73,604 96.80%
Spanish 643 1.10% 1,464 1.93%
Other Indo-European* 720 1.23% 681 0.90%
Asian Language** 170 0.29% 208 0.27%
Other 12 0.02% 82 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 58,642 100.00% 76,039 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 538 36.75%
Other Indo-European* 193 28.34%
Asian Language** 95 45.67%
Other Language 5 6.10%
Total 831 1.09%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 283 44.01%
Other Indo-European* 235 32.64%
Asian Language** 59 34.71%
Other Language 0 -
Total 577 0.98%

* "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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