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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 60,831 94.05% 58,145 93.89%
Spanish 840 1.30% 1,300 2.10%
Other Indo-European* 2,329 3.60% 1,916 3.09%
Asian Language** 536 0.83% 417 0.67%
Other 145 0.22% 151 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 64,681 100.00% 61,929 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 542 41.69%
Other Indo-European* 417 21.76%
Asian Language** 141 33.81%
Other Language 80 52.98%
Total 1,180 1.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 215 25.60%
Other Indo-European* 550 23.62%
Asian Language** 220 41.04%
Other Language 77 53.10%
Total 1,062 1.64%

* "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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