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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 48,277 96.41% 59,122 90.29%
Spanish 742 1.48% 4,290 6.55%
Other Indo-European* 579 1.16% 1,152 1.76%
Asian Language** 373 0.74% 830 1.27%
Other 104 0.21% 86 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 50,075 100.00% 65,480 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,680 62.47%
Other Indo-European* 211 18.32%
Asian Language** 449 54.10%
Other Language 9 10.47%
Total 3,349 5.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 260 35.04%
Other Indo-European* 61 10.54%
Asian Language** 315 84.45%
Other Language 31 29.81%
Total 667 1.33%

* "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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