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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 61,321 97.61% 80,380 97.06%
Spanish 662 1.05% 1,284 1.55%
Other Indo-European* 598 0.95% 758 0.92%
Asian Language** 188 0.30% 287 0.35%
Other 52 0.08% 104 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 62,821 100.00% 82,813 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 475 36.99%
Other Indo-European* 176 23.22%
Asian Language** 89 31.01%
Other Language 50 48.08%
Total 790 0.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 189 28.55%
Other Indo-European* 182 30.43%
Asian Language** 118 62.77%
Other Language 8 15.38%
Total 497 0.79%

* "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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