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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 63,875 95.53% 64,164 96.21%
Spanish 416 0.62% 647 0.97%
Other Indo-European* 2,353 3.52% 1,513 2.27%
Asian Language** 88 0.13% 195 0.29%
Other 130 0.19% 172 0.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 66,862 100.00% 66,691 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 223 34.47%
Other Indo-European* 317 20.95%
Asian Language** 47 24.10%
Other Language 21 12.21%
Total 608 0.91%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 124 29.81%
Other Indo-European* 682 28.98%
Asian Language** 21 23.86%
Other Language 12 9.23%
Total 839 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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