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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 45,778 92.63% 52,656 88.46%
Spanish 2,350 4.76% 4,855 8.16%
Other Indo-European* 863 1.75% 1,624 2.73%
Asian Language** 359 0.73% 313 0.53%
Other 69 0.14% 80 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 49,419 100.00% 59,528 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,973 40.64%
Other Indo-European* 606 37.32%
Asian Language** 172 54.95%
Other Language 29 36.25%
Total 2,780 4.67%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 750 31.91%
Other Indo-European* 256 29.66%
Asian Language** 191 53.20%
Other Language 3 4.35%
Total 1,200 2.43%

* "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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