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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 60,302 96.41% 77,608 92.21%
Spanish 1,236 1.98% 4,923 5.85%
Other Indo-European* 757 1.21% 1,032 1.23%
Asian Language** 185 0.30% 554 0.66%
Other 68 0.11% 47 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 62,548 100.00% 84,164 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,550 51.80%
Other Indo-European* 314 30.43%
Asian Language** 226 40.79%
Other Language 6 12.77%
Total 3,096 3.68%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 559 45.23%
Other Indo-European* 239 31.57%
Asian Language** 116 62.70%
Other Language 20 29.41%
Total 934 1.49%

* "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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