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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 28,380 95.45% 46,576 90.93%
Spanish 795 2.67% 3,399 6.64%
Other Indo-European* 473 1.59% 941 1.84%
Asian Language** 62 0.21% 199 0.39%
Other 23 0.08% 107 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 29,733 100.00% 51,222 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,409 41.45%
Other Indo-European* 225 23.91%
Asian Language** 107 53.77%
Other Language 65 60.75%
Total 1,806 3.53%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 332 41.76%
Other Indo-European* 165 34.88%
Asian Language** 44 70.97%
Other Language 13 56.52%
Total 554 1.86%

* "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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