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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 49,804 96.41% 52,517 95.48%
Spanish 792 1.53% 1,501 2.73%
Other Indo-European* 860 1.66% 903 1.64%
Asian Language** 106 0.21% 59 0.11%
Other 98 0.19% 22 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 51,660 100.00% 55,002 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 570 37.97%
Other Indo-European* 357 39.53%
Asian Language** 13 22.03%
Other Language 9 40.91%
Total 949 1.73%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 318 40.15%
Other Indo-European* 219 25.47%
Asian Language** 68 64.15%
Other Language 12 12.24%
Total 617 1.19%

* "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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