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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 42,026 89.99% 48,106 87.13%
Spanish 2,195 4.70% 3,909 7.08%
Other Indo-European* 1,373 2.94% 2,041 3.70%
Asian Language** 979 2.10% 1,022 1.85%
Other 130 0.28% 132 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 46,703 100.00% 55,210 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,216 31.11%
Other Indo-European* 432 21.17%
Asian Language** 507 49.61%
Other Language 28 21.21%
Total 2,183 3.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 802 36.54%
Other Indo-European* 342 24.91%
Asian Language** 525 53.63%
Other Language 41 31.54%
Total 1,710 3.66%

* "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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