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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 41,986 96.59% 49,062 94.97%
Spanish 370 0.85% 970 1.88%
Other Indo-European* 1,027 2.36% 1,431 2.77%
Asian Language** 26 0.06% 65 0.13%
Other 59 0.14% 131 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 43,468 100.00% 51,659 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 386 39.79%
Other Indo-European* 557 38.92%
Asian Language** 25 38.46%
Other Language 51 38.93%
Total 1,019 1.97%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 104 28.11%
Other Indo-European* 271 26.39%
Asian Language** 10 38.46%
Other Language 20 33.90%
Total 405 0.93%

* "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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