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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 51,984 96.99% 52,825 94.66%
Spanish 727 1.36% 2,275 4.08%
Other Indo-European* 779 1.45% 401 0.72%
Asian Language** 65 0.12% 257 0.46%
Other 40 0.07% 49 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 53,595 100.00% 55,807 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,103 48.48%
Other Indo-European* 97 24.19%
Asian Language** 119 46.30%
Other Language 25 51.02%
Total 1,344 2.41%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 230 31.64%
Other Indo-European* 253 32.48%
Asian Language** 41 63.08%
Other Language 0 -
Total 524 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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