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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 52,601 97.14% 64,023 96.46%
Spanish 531 0.98% 1,052 1.59%
Other Indo-European* 655 1.21% 858 1.29%
Asian Language** 244 0.45% 337 0.51%
Other 118 0.22% 100 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 54,149 100.00% 66,370 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 377 35.84%
Other Indo-European* 186 21.68%
Asian Language** 221 65.58%
Other Language 36 36.00%
Total 820 1.24%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 258 48.59%
Other Indo-European* 108 16.49%
Asian Language** 71 29.10%
Other Language 27 22.88%
Total 464 0.86%

* "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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