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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 56,383 96.15% 68,300 95.22%
Spanish 993 1.69% 2,020 2.82%
Other Indo-European* 973 1.66% 1,042 1.45%
Asian Language** 151 0.26% 209 0.29%
Other 143 0.24% 154 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 58,643 100.00% 71,725 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 694 34.36%
Other Indo-European* 202 19.39%
Asian Language** 81 38.76%
Other Language 24 15.58%
Total 1,001 1.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 312 31.42%
Other Indo-European* 230 23.64%
Asian Language** 54 35.76%
Other Language 7 4.90%
Total 603 1.03%

* "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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