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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 57,350 94.67% 76,346 91.83%
Spanish 800 1.32% 2,281 2.74%
Other Indo-European* 1,669 2.76% 2,477 2.98%
Asian Language** 700 1.16% 1,848 2.22%
Other 61 0.10% 183 0.22%
Total Population Age 5+ 60,580 100.00% 83,135 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 813 35.64%
Other Indo-European* 483 19.50%
Asian Language** 665 35.98%
Other Language 23 12.57%
Total 1,984 2.39%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 396 49.50%
Other Indo-European* 355 21.27%
Asian Language** 350 50.00%
Other Language 29 47.54%
Total 1,130 1.87%

* "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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