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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 63,035 96.29% 77,570 92.04%
Spanish 986 1.51% 4,822 5.72%
Other Indo-European* 1,112 1.70% 1,363 1.62%
Asian Language** 292 0.45% 332 0.39%
Other 39 0.06% 196 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 65,464 100.00% 84,283 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,065 63.56%
Other Indo-European* 339 24.87%
Asian Language** 149 44.88%
Other Language 30 15.31%
Total 3,583 4.25%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 357 36.21%
Other Indo-European* 320 28.78%
Asian Language** 141 48.29%
Other Language 0 -
Total 818 1.25%

* "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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