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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 34,193 90.85% 41,896 85.14%
Spanish 2,199 5.84% 5,577 11.33%
Other Indo-European* 828 2.20% 857 1.74%
Asian Language** 251 0.67% 697 1.42%
Other 164 0.44% 182 0.37%
Total Population Age 5+ 37,635 100.00% 49,209 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2,974 53.33%
Other Indo-European* 146 17.04%
Asian Language** 356 51.08%
Other Language 5 2.75%
Total 3,481 7.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,130 51.39%
Other Indo-European* 197 23.79%
Asian Language** 164 65.34%
Other Language 35 21.34%
Total 1,526 4.05%

* "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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