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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 68,929 97.64% 69,246 97.24%
Spanish 494 0.70% 958 1.35%
Other Indo-European* 929 1.32% 704 0.99%
Asian Language** 134 0.19% 267 0.37%
Other 108 0.15% 40 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 70,594 100.00% 71,215 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 324 33.82%
Other Indo-European* 134 19.03%
Asian Language** 127 47.57%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 585 0.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 153 30.97%
Other Indo-European* 242 26.05%
Asian Language** 27 20.15%
Other Language 13 12.04%
Total 435 0.62%

* "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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