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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 46,119 96.35% 46,520 96.23%
Spanish 570 1.19% 603 1.25%
Other Indo-European* 1,037 2.17% 1,061 2.19%
Asian Language** 62 0.13% 109 0.23%
Other 78 0.16% 48 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 47,866 100.00% 48,341 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 162 26.87%
Other Indo-European* 310 29.22%
Asian Language** 42 38.53%
Other Language 9 18.75%
Total 523 1.08%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 150 26.32%
Other Indo-European* 343 33.08%
Asian Language** 29 46.77%
Other Language 2 2.56%
Total 524 1.09%

* "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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