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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 39,932 98.53% 47,923 97.87%
Spanish 209 0.52% 432 0.88%
Other Indo-European* 382 0.94% 477 0.97%
Asian Language** 6 0.01% 113 0.23%
Other 0 0.00% 20 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 40,529 100.00% 48,965 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 178 41.20%
Other Indo-European* 100 20.96%
Asian Language** 63 55.75%
Other Language 5 25.00%
Total 346 0.71%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 30.14%
Other Indo-European* 115 30.10%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 178 0.44%

* "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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