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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 33,188 97.67% 41,095 93.57%
Spanish 500 1.47% 2,267 5.16%
Other Indo-European* 263 0.77% 371 0.84%
Asian Language** 15 0.04% 158 0.36%
Other 12 0.04% 28 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 33,978 100.00% 43,919 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 1,290 56.90%
Other Indo-European* 74 19.95%
Asian Language** 67 42.41%
Other Language 7 25.00%
Total 1,438 3.27%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 247 49.40%
Other Indo-European* 82 31.18%
Asian Language** 4 26.67%
Other Language 7 58.33%
Total 340 1.00%

* "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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