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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 72,218 97.05% 85,120 97.44%
Spanish 680 0.91% 1,095 1.25%
Other Indo-European* 1,460 1.96% 882 1.01%
Asian Language** 57 0.08% 251 0.29%
Other 2 0.00% 11 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 74,417 100.00% 87,359 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 385 35.16%
Other Indo-European* 168 19.05%
Asian Language** 142 56.57%
Other Language 3 27.27%
Total 698 0.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 241 35.44%
Other Indo-European* 504 34.52%
Asian Language** 31 54.39%
Other Language 2 100.00%
Total 778 1.05%

* "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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