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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 56,789 98.36% 57,360 98.09%
Spanish 565 0.98% 560 0.96%
Other Indo-European* 333 0.58% 377 0.64%
Asian Language** 33 0.06% 117 0.20%
Other 14 0.02% 62 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 57,734 100.00% 58,476 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 185 33.04%
Other Indo-European* 98 25.99%
Asian Language** 64 54.70%
Other Language 2 3.23%
Total 349 0.60%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 227 40.18%
Other Indo-European* 119 35.74%
Asian Language** 2 6.06%
Other Language 0 -
Total 348 0.60%

* "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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