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LANGUAGE

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 48,822 97.25% 51,946 95.94%
Spanish 774 1.54% 1,148 2.12%
Other Indo-European* 512 1.02% 541 1.00%
Asian Language** 65 0.13% 250 0.46%
Other 28 0.06% 259 0.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 50,201 100.00% 54,144 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 638 55.57%
Other Indo-European* 185 34.20%
Asian Language** 107 42.80%
Other Language 108 41.70%
Total 1,038 1.92%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 286 36.95%
Other Indo-European* 153 29.88%
Asian Language** 59 90.77%
Other Language 0 -
Total 498 0.99%

* "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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