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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 35,692 96.12% 40,189 94.72%
Spanish 723 1.95% 1,242 2.93%
Other Indo-European* 532 1.43% 460 1.08%
Asian Language** 124 0.33% 416 0.98%
Other 60 0.16% 122 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 37,131 100.00% 42,429 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 456 36.71%
Other Indo-European* 171 37.17%
Asian Language** 154 37.02%
Other Language 21 17.21%
Total 802 1.89%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 209 28.91%
Other Indo-European* 150 28.20%
Asian Language** 74 59.68%
Other Language 8 13.33%
Total 441 1.19%

* "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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