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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 39,236 96.47% 52,061 96.15%
Spanish 701 1.72% 1,135 2.10%
Other Indo-European* 571 1.40% 600 1.11%
Asian Language** 133 0.33% 265 0.49%
Other 30 0.07% 87 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 40,671 100.00% 54,148 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 327 28.81%
Other Indo-European* 83 13.83%
Asian Language** 112 42.26%
Other Language 16 18.39%
Total 538 0.99%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 195 27.82%
Other Indo-European* 178 31.17%
Asian Language** 63 47.37%
Other Language 0 -
Total 436 1.07%

* "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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