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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 41,069 94.72% 60,072 93.79%
Spanish 308 0.71% 1,704 2.66%
Other Indo-European* 1,759 4.06% 1,541 2.41%
Asian Language** 185 0.43% 610 0.95%
Other 36 0.08% 125 0.20%
Total Population Age 5+ 43,357 100.00% 64,052 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 863 50.65%
Other Indo-European* 300 19.47%
Asian Language** 321 52.62%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 1,484 2.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 83 26.95%
Other Indo-European* 528 30.02%
Asian Language** 113 61.08%
Other Language 0 -
Total 724 1.67%

* "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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