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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 61,861 76.51% 53,303 75.95%
Spanish 301 0.37% 403 0.57%
Other Indo-European* 18,383 22.74% 16,094 22.93%
Asian Language** 251 0.31% 272 0.39%
Other 61 0.08% 111 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 80,857 100.00% 70,183 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 65 16.13%
Other Indo-European* 4,138 25.71%
Asian Language** 154 56.62%
Other Language 32 28.83%
Total 4,389 6.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 64 21.26%
Other Indo-European* 3,898 21.20%
Asian Language** 80 31.87%
Other Language 8 13.11%
Total 4,050 5.01%

* "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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