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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 42,440 96.43% 50,122 96.01%
Spanish 484 1.10% 879 1.68%
Other Indo-European* 784 1.78% 993 1.90%
Asian Language** 212 0.48% 180 0.34%
Other 93 0.21% 31 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 44,013 100.00% 52,205 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 207 23.55%
Other Indo-European* 262 26.38%
Asian Language** 28 15.56%
Other Language 5 16.13%
Total 502 0.96%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 123 25.41%
Other Indo-European* 275 35.08%
Asian Language** 98 46.23%
Other Language 9 9.68%
Total 505 1.15%

* "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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