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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 63,531 97.03% 80,181 93.82%
Spanish 777 1.19% 2,839 3.32%
Other Indo-European* 950 1.45% 1,606 1.88%
Asian Language** 168 0.26% 475 0.56%
Other 50 0.08% 358 0.42%
Total Population Age 5+ 65,476 100.00% 85,459 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,287 45.33%
Other Indo-European* 554 34.50%
Asian Language** 180 37.89%
Other Language 21 5.87%
Total 2,042 2.39%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 276 35.52%
Other Indo-European* 233 24.53%
Asian Language** 51 30.36%
Other Language 0 -
Total 560 0.86%

* "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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