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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 45,082 97.24% 51,781 97.85%
Spanish 298 0.64% 504 0.95%
Other Indo-European* 824 1.78% 573 1.08%
Asian Language** 75 0.16% 17 0.03%
Other 84 0.18% 44 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 46,363 100.00% 52,919 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 111 22.02%
Other Indo-European* 143 24.96%
Asian Language** 6 35.29%
Other Language 7 15.91%
Total 267 0.50%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 92 30.87%
Other Indo-European* 188 22.82%
Asian Language** 26 34.67%
Other Language 45 53.57%
Total 351 0.76%

* "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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