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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 41,590 94.41% 42,860 93.97%
Spanish 676 1.53% 903 1.98%
Other Indo-European* 1,604 3.64% 1,634 3.58%
Asian Language** 124 0.28% 164 0.36%
Other 60 0.14% 51 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 44,054 100.00% 45,612 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 246 27.24%
Other Indo-European* 451 27.60%
Asian Language** 80 48.78%
Other Language 15 29.41%
Total 792 1.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 307 45.41%
Other Indo-European* 404 25.19%
Asian Language** 50 40.32%
Other Language 27 45.00%
Total 788 1.79%

* "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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