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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 73,607 98.13% 72,564 97.80%
Spanish 654 0.87% 933 1.26%
Other Indo-European* 601 0.80% 428 0.58%
Asian Language** 129 0.17% 131 0.18%
Other 22 0.03% 143 0.19%
Total Population Age 5+ 75,013 100.00% 74,199 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 258 27.65%
Other Indo-European* 90 21.03%
Asian Language** 33 25.19%
Other Language 91 63.64%
Total 472 0.64%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 267 40.83%
Other Indo-European* 164 27.29%
Asian Language** 19 14.73%
Other Language 7 31.82%
Total 457 0.61%

* "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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