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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 54,730 74.36% 65,950 81.55%
Spanish 127 0.17% 506 0.63%
Other Indo-European* 18,630 25.31% 14,172 17.52%
Asian Language** 91 0.12% 218 0.27%
Other 22 0.03% 24 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 73,600 100.00% 80,870 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 139 27.47%
Other Indo-European* 3,713 26.20%
Asian Language** 68 31.19%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 3,920 4.85%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 33 25.98%
Other Indo-European* 5,990 32.15%
Asian Language** 68 74.73%
Other Language 0 -
Total 6,091 8.28%

* "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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