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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 59,802 97.11% 62,414 97.45%
Spanish 725 1.18% 820 1.28%
Other Indo-European* 832 1.35% 621 0.97%
Asian Language** 212 0.34% 170 0.27%
Other 10 0.02% 21 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 61,581 100.00% 64,046 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 347 42.32%
Other Indo-European* 159 25.60%
Asian Language** 54 31.76%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 560 0.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 165 22.76%
Other Indo-European* 233 28.00%
Asian Language** 129 60.85%
Other Language 0 -
Total 527 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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