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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 52,256 96.77% 55,920 97.00%
Spanish 631 1.17% 965 1.67%
Other Indo-European* 844 1.56% 592 1.03%
Asian Language** 176 0.33% 122 0.21%
Other 94 0.17% 48 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 54,001 100.00% 57,647 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 271 28.08%
Other Indo-European* 126 21.28%
Asian Language** 41 33.61%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 438 0.76%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 175 27.73%
Other Indo-European* 220 26.07%
Asian Language** 68 38.64%
Other Language 31 32.98%
Total 494 0.91%

* "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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