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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 62,808 96.86% 97,526 96.31%
Spanish 784 1.21% 1,726 1.70%
Other Indo-European* 1,025 1.58% 1,482 1.46%
Asian Language** 124 0.19% 359 0.35%
Other 104 0.16% 167 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 64,845 100.00% 101,260 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 499 28.91%
Other Indo-European* 244 16.46%
Asian Language** 118 32.87%
Other Language 7 4.19%
Total 868 0.86%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 209 26.66%
Other Indo-European* 289 28.20%
Asian Language** 61 49.19%
Other Language 10 9.62%
Total 569 0.88%

* "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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