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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 40,565 95.19% 44,309 92.61%
Spanish 1,224 2.87% 2,572 5.38%
Other Indo-European* 642 1.51% 773 1.62%
Asian Language** 152 0.36% 78 0.16%
Other 32 0.08% 114 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 42,615 100.00% 47,846 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,269 49.34%
Other Indo-European* 208 26.91%
Asian Language** 32 41.03%
Other Language 19 16.67%
Total 1,528 3.19%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 551 45.02%
Other Indo-European* 135 21.03%
Asian Language** 71 46.71%
Other Language 14 43.75%
Total 771 1.81%

* "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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