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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 43,782 95.90% 46,450 92.99%
Spanish 755 1.65% 2,287 4.58%
Other Indo-European* 657 1.44% 469 0.94%
Asian Language** 451 0.99% 724 1.45%
Other 10 0.02% 19 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 45,655 100.00% 49,949 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,062 46.44%
Other Indo-European* 147 31.34%
Asian Language** 489 67.54%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,698 3.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 250 33.11%
Other Indo-European* 123 18.72%
Asian Language** 287 63.64%
Other Language 0 -
Total 660 1.45%

* "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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