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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 56,066 90.19% 53,564 90.25%
Spanish 1,912 3.08% 2,221 3.74%
Other Indo-European* 2,123 3.42% 1,727 2.91%
Asian Language** 1,692 2.72% 1,532 2.58%
Other 370 0.60% 304 0.51%
Total Population Age 5+ 62,163 100.00% 59,348 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 758 34.13%
Other Indo-European* 273 15.81%
Asian Language** 807 52.68%
Other Language 68 22.37%
Total 1,906 3.21%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 561 29.34%
Other Indo-European* 503 23.69%
Asian Language** 792 46.81%
Other Language 141 38.11%
Total 1,997 3.21%

* "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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