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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 54,374 94.72% 54,083 93.71%
Spanish 2,259 3.94% 2,869 4.97%
Other Indo-European* 688 1.20% 612 1.06%
Asian Language** 59 0.10% 105 0.18%
Other 22 0.04% 47 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 57,402 100.00% 57,716 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 964 33.60%
Other Indo-European* 185 30.23%
Asian Language** 40 38.10%
Other Language 7 14.89%
Total 1,196 2.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 749 33.16%
Other Indo-European* 179 26.02%
Asian Language** 21 35.59%
Other Language 10 45.45%
Total 959 1.67%

* "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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