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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 51,631 98.04% 57,443 97.02%
Spanish 582 1.11% 921 1.56%
Other Indo-European* 341 0.65% 631 1.07%
Asian Language** 85 0.16% 175 0.30%
Other 22 0.04% 40 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 52,661 100.00% 59,210 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 415 45.06%
Other Indo-European* 211 33.44%
Asian Language** 53 30.29%
Other Language 21 52.50%
Total 700 1.18%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 251 43.13%
Other Indo-European* 111 32.55%
Asian Language** 49 57.65%
Other Language 15 68.18%
Total 426 0.81%

* "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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