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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 54,631 97.75% 76,937 95.99%
Spanish 547 0.98% 2,033 2.54%
Other Indo-European* 538 0.96% 613 0.76%
Asian Language** 151 0.27% 374 0.47%
Other 24 0.04% 196 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 55,891 100.00% 80,153 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 761 37.43%
Other Indo-European* 71 11.58%
Asian Language** 166 44.39%
Other Language 57 29.08%
Total 1,055 1.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 192 35.10%
Other Indo-European* 215 39.96%
Asian Language** 73 48.34%
Other Language 6 25.00%
Total 486 0.87%

* "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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