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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 51,365 95.65% 64,895 94.44%
Spanish 814 1.52% 1,551 2.26%
Other Indo-European* 987 1.84% 1,165 1.70%
Asian Language** 469 0.87% 836 1.22%
Other 64 0.12% 270 0.39%
Total Population Age 5+ 53,699 100.00% 68,717 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 612 39.46%
Other Indo-European* 260 22.32%
Asian Language** 497 59.45%
Other Language 88 32.59%
Total 1,457 2.12%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 399 49.02%
Other Indo-European* 285 28.88%
Asian Language** 194 41.36%
Other Language 0 -
Total 878 1.64%

* "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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