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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 40,477 97.50% 41,453 95.54%
Spanish 534 1.29% 1,270 2.93%
Other Indo-European* 445 1.07% 426 0.98%
Asian Language** 55 0.13% 237 0.55%
Other 4 0.01% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 41,515 100.00% 43,386 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 732 57.64%
Other Indo-European* 126 29.58%
Asian Language** 98 41.35%
Other Language 0 -
Total 956 2.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 214 40.07%
Other Indo-European* 123 27.64%
Asian Language** 34 61.82%
Other Language 4 100.00%
Total 375 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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