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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 61,254 97.94% 95,270 96.36%
Spanish 617 0.99% 2,258 2.28%
Other Indo-European* 422 0.67% 762 0.77%
Asian Language** 200 0.32% 508 0.51%
Other 49 0.08% 68 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 62,542 100.00% 98,866 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,181 52.30%
Other Indo-European* 244 32.02%
Asian Language** 227 44.69%
Other Language 31 45.59%
Total 1,683 1.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 249 40.36%
Other Indo-European* 127 30.09%
Asian Language** 75 37.50%
Other Language 0 -
Total 451 0.72%

* "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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