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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 43,086 97.17% 49,506 96.68%
Spanish 430 0.97% 964 1.88%
Other Indo-European* 747 1.68% 603 1.18%
Asian Language** 33 0.07% 116 0.23%
Other 45 0.10% 17 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 44,341 100.00% 51,206 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 448 46.47%
Other Indo-European* 197 32.67%
Asian Language** 50 43.10%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 695 1.36%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 75 17.44%
Other Indo-European* 199 26.64%
Asian Language** 2 6.06%
Other Language 26 57.78%
Total 302 0.68%

* "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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