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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 40,045 97.10% 47,221 96.40%
Spanish 496 1.20% 1,049 2.14%
Other Indo-European* 501 1.21% 482 0.98%
Asian Language** 160 0.39% 196 0.40%
Other 39 0.09% 38 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 41,241 100.00% 48,986 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 478 45.57%
Other Indo-European* 105 21.78%
Asian Language** 78 39.80%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 661 1.35%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 120 24.19%
Other Indo-European* 160 31.94%
Asian Language** 77 48.13%
Other Language 8 20.51%
Total 365 0.89%

* "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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