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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 54,606 93.94% 57,085 94.13%
Spanish 1,454 2.50% 1,792 2.95%
Other Indo-European* 1,888 3.25% 1,488 2.45%
Asian Language** 83 0.14% 186 0.31%
Other 95 0.16% 92 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 58,126 100.00% 60,643 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 702 39.17%
Other Indo-European* 386 25.94%
Asian Language** 79 42.47%
Other Language 27 29.35%
Total 1,194 1.97%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 539 37.07%
Other Indo-European* 324 17.16%
Asian Language** 18 21.69%
Other Language 39 41.05%
Total 920 1.58%

* "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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