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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 61,911 94.76% 69,784 92.13%
Spanish 2,040 3.12% 4,448 5.87%
Other Indo-European* 879 1.35% 1,133 1.50%
Asian Language** 355 0.54% 333 0.44%
Other 147 0.23% 44 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 65,332 100.00% 75,742 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,959 44.04%
Other Indo-European* 270 23.83%
Asian Language** 125 37.54%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 2,354 3.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 979 47.99%
Other Indo-European* 238 27.08%
Asian Language** 134 37.75%
Other Language 60 40.82%
Total 1,411 2.16%

* "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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