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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 57,365 94.90% 65,058 93.67%
Spanish 1,272 2.10% 2,360 3.40%
Other Indo-European* 931 1.54% 926 1.33%
Asian Language** 470 0.78% 560 0.81%
Other 409 0.68% 548 0.79%
Total Population Age 5+ 60,447 100.00% 69,452 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 639 27.08%
Other Indo-European* 130 14.04%
Asian Language** 222 39.64%
Other Language 137 25.00%
Total 1,128 1.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 308 24.21%
Other Indo-European* 181 19.44%
Asian Language** 206 43.83%
Other Language 189 46.21%
Total 884 1.46%

* "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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