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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 38,570 97.58% 40,263 95.29%
Spanish 630 1.59% 1,593 3.77%
Other Indo-European* 263 0.67% 237 0.56%
Asian Language** 53 0.13% 89 0.21%
Other 12 0.03% 73 0.17%
Total Population Age 5+ 39,528 100.00% 42,255 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 893 56.06%
Other Indo-European* 36 15.19%
Asian Language** 68 76.40%
Other Language 21 28.77%
Total 1,018 2.41%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 283 44.92%
Other Indo-European* 100 38.02%
Asian Language** 31 58.49%
Other Language 12 100.00%
Total 426 1.08%

* "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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