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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 42,714 95.67% 44,365 93.98%
Spanish 505 1.13% 1,086 2.30%
Other Indo-European* 1,072 2.40% 1,055 2.23%
Asian Language** 287 0.64% 642 1.36%
Other 68 0.15% 57 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 44,646 100.00% 47,205 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 437 40.24%
Other Indo-European* 366 34.69%
Asian Language** 340 52.96%
Other Language 9 15.79%
Total 1,152 2.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 155 30.69%
Other Indo-European* 325 30.32%
Asian Language** 166 57.84%
Other Language 39 57.35%
Total 685 1.53%

* "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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