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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 45,471 96.67% 60,700 94.98%
Spanish 543 1.15% 1,365 2.14%
Other Indo-European* 640 1.36% 1,077 1.69%
Asian Language** 212 0.45% 609 0.95%
Other 173 0.37% 154 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 47,039 100.00% 63,905 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 475 34.80%
Other Indo-European* 241 22.38%
Asian Language** 340 55.83%
Other Language 41 26.62%
Total 1,097 1.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 212 39.04%
Other Indo-European* 100 15.63%
Asian Language** 116 54.72%
Other Language 54 31.21%
Total 482 1.02%

* "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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