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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 50,490 98.44% 56,131 93.43%
Spanish 553 1.08% 3,319 5.52%
Other Indo-European* 209 0.41% 463 0.77%
Asian Language** 31 0.06% 117 0.19%
Other 5 0.01% 48 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 51,288 100.00% 60,078 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,398 72.25%
Other Indo-European* 107 23.11%
Asian Language** 23 19.66%
Other Language 9 18.75%
Total 2,537 4.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 138 24.95%
Other Indo-European* 86 41.15%
Asian Language** 7 22.58%
Other Language 3 60.00%
Total 234 0.46%

* "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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