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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 55,622 95.68% 57,909 95.25%
Spanish 1,080 1.86% 1,195 1.97%
Other Indo-European* 1,232 2.12% 1,194 1.96%
Asian Language** 174 0.30% 440 0.72%
Other 25 0.04% 58 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 58,133 100.00% 60,796 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 536 44.85%
Other Indo-European* 257 21.52%
Asian Language** 150 34.09%
Other Language 5 8.62%
Total 948 1.56%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 579 53.61%
Other Indo-European* 274 22.24%
Asian Language** 73 41.95%
Other Language 9 36.00%
Total 935 1.61%

* "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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