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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 48,015 94.94% 49,593 95.37%
Spanish 392 0.78% 807 1.55%
Other Indo-European* 2,001 3.96% 1,417 2.73%
Asian Language** 126 0.25% 127 0.24%
Other 40 0.08% 54 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 50,574 100.00% 51,998 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 267 33.09%
Other Indo-European* 381 26.89%
Asian Language** 83 65.35%
Other Language 18 33.33%
Total 749 1.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 177 45.15%
Other Indo-European* 545 27.24%
Asian Language** 85 67.46%
Other Language 21 52.50%
Total 828 1.64%

* "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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