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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 18,003 33.88% 26,253 38.68%
Spanish 3,807 7.16% 3,865 5.69%
Other Indo-European* 434 0.82% 239 0.35%
Asian Language** 126 0.24% 233 0.34%
Other 30,774 57.91% 37,283 54.93%
Total Population Age 5+ 53,144 100.00% 67,873 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,164 30.12%
Other Indo-European* 66 27.62%
Asian Language** 79 33.91%
Other Language 13,290 35.65%
Total 14,599 21.51%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,087 28.55%
Other Indo-European* 156 35.94%
Asian Language** 14 11.11%
Other Language 13,208 42.92%
Total 14,465 27.22%

* "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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