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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 45,468 97.22% 55,654 93.24%
Spanish 765 1.64% 3,504 5.87%
Other Indo-European* 424 0.91% 428 0.72%
Asian Language** 103 0.22% 69 0.12%
Other 7 0.01% 31 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 46,767 100.00% 59,686 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,998 57.02%
Other Indo-European* 169 39.49%
Asian Language** 44 63.77%
Other Language 21 67.74%
Total 2,232 3.74%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 247 32.29%
Other Indo-European* 130 30.66%
Asian Language** 42 40.78%
Other Language 4 57.14%
Total 423 0.90%

* "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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