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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 61,804 94.82% 66,541 95.03%
Spanish 494 0.76% 810 1.16%
Other Indo-European* 2,380 3.65% 2,083 2.97%
Asian Language** 235 0.36% 354 0.51%
Other 264 0.41% 230 0.33%
Total Population Age 5+ 65,177 100.00% 70,018 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 257 31.73%
Other Indo-European* 399 19.16%
Asian Language** 208 58.76%
Other Language 70 30.43%
Total 934 1.33%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 121 24.49%
Other Indo-European* 509 21.39%
Asian Language** 135 57.45%
Other Language 59 22.35%
Total 824 1.26%

* "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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