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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 50,942 91.52% 60,483 92.90%
Spanish 415 0.75% 885 1.36%
Other Indo-European* 3,939 7.08% 3,205 4.92%
Asian Language** 139 0.25% 148 0.23%
Other 229 0.41% 384 0.59%
Total Population Age 5+ 55,664 100.00% 65,105 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 446 50.40%
Other Indo-European* 988 30.83%
Asian Language** 79 53.38%
Other Language 104 27.08%
Total 1,617 2.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 32 7.71%
Other Indo-European* 957 24.30%
Asian Language** 55 39.57%
Other Language 95 41.48%
Total 1,139 2.05%

* "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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