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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 59,006 93.68% 60,273 92.57%
Spanish 1,763 2.80% 2,333 3.58%
Other Indo-European* 1,433 2.28% 1,863 2.86%
Asian Language** 688 1.09% 481 0.74%
Other 94 0.15% 158 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 62,984 100.00% 65,108 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 813 34.85%
Other Indo-European* 597 32.05%
Asian Language** 204 42.41%
Other Language 41 25.95%
Total 1,655 2.54%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 641 36.36%
Other Indo-European* 402 28.05%
Asian Language** 277 40.26%
Other Language 37 39.36%
Total 1,357 2.15%

* "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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