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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 37,349 81.78% 40,583 84.61%
Spanish 484 1.06% 621 1.29%
Other Indo-European* 7,585 16.61% 6,369 13.28%
Asian Language** 227 0.50% 291 0.61%
Other 27 0.06% 100 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 45,672 100.00% 47,964 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 159 25.60%
Other Indo-European* 2,423 38.04%
Asian Language** 98 33.68%
Other Language 22 22.00%
Total 2,702 5.63%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 128 26.45%
Other Indo-European* 3,157 41.62%
Asian Language** 54 23.79%
Other Language 7 25.93%
Total 3,346 7.33%

* "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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