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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 46,064 97.12% 45,441 96.79%
Spanish 466 0.98% 863 1.84%
Other Indo-European* 752 1.59% 501 1.07%
Asian Language** 106 0.22% 133 0.28%
Other 42 0.09% 11 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 47,430 100.00% 46,949 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 328 38.01%
Other Indo-European* 146 29.14%
Asian Language** 49 36.84%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 523 1.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 122 26.18%
Other Indo-European* 191 25.40%
Asian Language** 64 60.38%
Other Language 0 -
Total 377 0.79%

* "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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