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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 53,446 97.96% 55,279 96.75%
Spanish 337 0.62% 1,067 1.87%
Other Indo-European* 577 1.06% 588 1.03%
Asian Language** 84 0.15% 169 0.30%
Other 114 0.21% 31 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 54,558 100.00% 57,134 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 434 40.67%
Other Indo-European* 205 34.86%
Asian Language** 106 62.72%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 745 1.30%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 76 22.55%
Other Indo-European* 222 38.47%
Asian Language** 45 53.57%
Other Language 41 35.96%
Total 384 0.70%

* "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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