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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 59,776 96.73% 63,284 91.90%
Spanish 1,401 2.27% 4,762 6.92%
Other Indo-European* 545 0.88% 533 0.77%
Asian Language** 39 0.06% 180 0.26%
Other 38 0.06% 102 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 61,799 100.00% 68,861 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,336 70.05%
Other Indo-European* 159 29.83%
Asian Language** 72 40.00%
Other Language 60 58.82%
Total 3,627 5.27%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 625 44.61%
Other Indo-European* 203 37.25%
Asian Language** 15 38.46%
Other Language 10 26.32%
Total 853 1.38%

* "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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