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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 46,268 96.98% 65,810 95.18%
Spanish 657 1.38% 2,214 3.20%
Other Indo-European* 716 1.50% 933 1.35%
Asian Language** 40 0.08% 122 0.18%
Other 26 0.05% 65 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 47,707 100.00% 69,144 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,163 52.53%
Other Indo-European* 266 28.51%
Asian Language** 50 40.98%
Other Language 8 12.31%
Total 1,487 2.15%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 286 43.53%
Other Indo-European* 318 44.41%
Asian Language** 16 40.00%
Other Language 4 15.38%
Total 624 1.31%

* "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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