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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 62,424 92.84% 70,193 91.96%
Spanish 3,434 5.11% 4,277 5.60%
Other Indo-European* 959 1.43% 1,100 1.44%
Asian Language** 326 0.48% 583 0.76%
Other 92 0.14% 175 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 67,235 100.00% 76,328 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,321 30.89%
Other Indo-European* 281 25.55%
Asian Language** 141 24.19%
Other Language 5 2.86%
Total 1,748 2.29%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,116 32.50%
Other Indo-European* 238 24.82%
Asian Language** 129 39.57%
Other Language 18 19.57%
Total 1,501 2.23%

* "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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