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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 42,794 88.42% 41,700 89.14%
Spanish 2,183 4.51% 2,907 6.21%
Other Indo-European* 3,322 6.86% 1,957 4.18%
Asian Language** 87 0.18% 175 0.37%
Other 10 0.02% 42 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 48,396 100.00% 46,781 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,155 39.73%
Other Indo-European* 590 30.15%
Asian Language** 93 53.14%
Other Language 21 50.00%
Total 1,859 3.97%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 922 42.24%
Other Indo-European* 899 27.06%
Asian Language** 58 66.67%
Other Language 0 -
Total 1,879 3.88%

* "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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