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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 53,491 97.18% 67,603 96.52%
Spanish 471 0.86% 821 1.17%
Other Indo-European* 884 1.61% 1,205 1.72%
Asian Language** 115 0.21% 152 0.22%
Other 85 0.15% 256 0.37%
Total Population Age 5+ 55,046 100.00% 70,037 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 127 15.47%
Other Indo-European* 308 25.56%
Asian Language** 54 35.53%
Other Language 33 12.89%
Total 522 0.75%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 157 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 214 24.21%
Asian Language** 78 67.83%
Other Language 19 22.35%
Total 468 0.85%

* "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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