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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 56,608 95.21% 58,923 93.60%
Spanish 924 1.55% 2,434 3.87%
Other Indo-European* 1,190 2.00% 817 1.30%
Asian Language** 417 0.70% 630 1.00%
Other 314 0.53% 151 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 59,453 100.00% 62,955 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,360 55.88%
Other Indo-European* 211 25.83%
Asian Language** 360 57.14%
Other Language 18 11.92%
Total 1,949 3.10%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 286 30.95%
Other Indo-European* 252 21.18%
Asian Language** 187 44.84%
Other Language 55 17.52%
Total 780 1.31%

* "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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