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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 51,309 96.95% 75,062 94.81%
Spanish 744 1.41% 1,993 2.52%
Other Indo-European* 513 0.97% 1,048 1.32%
Asian Language** 260 0.49% 881 1.11%
Other 95 0.18% 191 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 52,921 100.00% 79,175 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 773 38.79%
Other Indo-European* 205 19.56%
Asian Language** 510 57.89%
Other Language 79 41.36%
Total 1,567 1.98%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 177 23.79%
Other Indo-European* 152 29.63%
Asian Language** 112 43.08%
Other Language 19 20.00%
Total 460 0.87%

* "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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