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LANGUAGE

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 45,464 97.23% 53,550 96.71%
Spanish 646 1.38% 908 1.64%
Other Indo-European* 518 1.11% 688 1.24%
Asian Language** 76 0.16% 158 0.29%
Other 53 0.11% 69 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 46,757 100.00% 55,373 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 247 27.20%
Other Indo-European* 214 31.10%
Asian Language** 26 16.46%
Other Language 12 17.39%
Total 499 0.90%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 283 43.81%
Other Indo-European* 142 27.41%
Asian Language** 43 56.58%
Other Language 9 16.98%
Total 477 1.02%

* "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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