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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 42,455 94.19% 42,738 86.41%
Spanish 1,409 3.13% 5,773 11.67%
Other Indo-European* 862 1.91% 409 0.83%
Asian Language** 326 0.72% 504 1.02%
Other 22 0.05% 38 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 45,074 100.00% 49,462 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,318 57.47%
Other Indo-European* 86 21.03%
Asian Language** 270 53.57%
Other Language 32 84.21%
Total 3,706 7.49%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 563 39.96%
Other Indo-European* 213 24.71%
Asian Language** 133 40.80%
Other Language 15 68.18%
Total 924 2.05%

* "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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