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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 56,216 97.25% 58,144 96.25%
Spanish 541 0.94% 1,685 2.79%
Other Indo-European* 806 1.39% 355 0.59%
Asian Language** 68 0.12% 100 0.17%
Other 175 0.30% 127 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 57,806 100.00% 60,411 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,169 69.38%
Other Indo-European* 67 18.87%
Asian Language** 33 33.00%
Other Language 37 29.13%
Total 1,306 2.16%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 161 29.76%
Other Indo-European* 197 24.44%
Asian Language** 9 13.24%
Other Language 69 39.43%
Total 436 0.75%

* "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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